For Immediate Release - November 09, 2012

STATE ENERGY AND ENVRIONMENTAL OFFICIALS HOST FEDERAL OFFICIALS FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS ON THE OFFSHORE WIND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:

Officials of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) will host the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for a series of public meetings in Boston, New Bedford, Vineyard Haven, and Nantucket during the week of November 12, 2012.  The goals of the meetings are to provide an overview of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Energy Area, receive public comment, and discuss next steps in the environmental and leasing process. The EA, which was released by BOEM on October 31, 2012, analyzes potential environmental effects associated with renewable energy leasing and data gathering in the designated Wind Energy Area in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The session will include presentations from BOEM followed by a public comment period.

In addition, EEA will host meetings of its fisheries and habitat working groups on offshore renewable energy in New Bedford and Falmouth, respectively.  Both working groups were formed by EEA to inform the federal offshore wind development process.

BOEM’s Environmental Assessment for Potential Commercial Wind Lease Issuance and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Massachusetts can be found at: http://www.boem.gov/Renewable-Energy-Program/State-Activities/Massachusetts.aspx. Other information and documents on the planning and leasing process can be found on the same site.

WHO:EEA Assistant Secretary for Federal Affairs Bill White
Office of Coastal Zone Management Director Bruce Carlisle
Division of Marine Fisheries Deputy Director David Pierce
Representatives from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
 
WHEN:

BOEM Public Meeting - Boston
Tuesday, November 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Meeting Centers, Winthrop Room - 4th Floor, 101 Federal Street, Boston                     

BOEM Public Meeting – New Bedford
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fairfield Inn, Sea Loft Room, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford                 

Fisheries Working Group
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
New Bedford Harbor Development Com, 52 Fisherman’s Wharf, New Bedford                       

BOEM Public Meeting – Vineyard Haven
Wednesday, November 14, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Katherine Cornell Theatre, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven

Habitat Working Group
Thursday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – noon
U.S. Geological Survey, Gosnold Lab Building, WHOI Quisset Campus, 360 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth

BOEM Public Meeting – Nantucket
Thursday, November 15, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Nantucket Police Station, Training Room, 4 Fairgrounds Road, Nantucket

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