April 25, 2023 (BOSTON, MA) – The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has advanced the Gulf of Maine offshore wind process with the announcement of a public comment period. The overall process will determine where offshore wind facilities are located off the coasts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response to today’s news.
“Expanding offshore wind is a necessity if New England is going to confront the climate crisis with everything we’ve got,” said CLF senior attorney Nick Krakoff. “The Gulf of Maine needs to be part of that strategy, yet it is critical to ensure that wind is developed responsibly. We must limit impacts on the critical species, habitats, and existing ocean users that make the area so special, and CLF will be at the table to make sure that happens.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.