For Immediate Release - February 04, 2011

Energy and Environment Affairs Hosts Federal Officials for Public Meetings on Offshore Wind Development Process

Public information sessions planned in New Bedford and Martha's Vineyard



Officials of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) will host officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the U.S. Coast Guard at two public information sessions to discuss the BOEMRE-MA Request for Interest (RFI) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Massachusetts. The RFI, issued on December 29, 2010, is the first step in the multi-year federal leasing process for offshore wind energy development in approximately 3,000 square miles of federal waters off the Massachusetts coast. The meetings are designed to provide public officials, the fishing industry, local residents and others with information on the RFI process to date and outline next steps. The sessions will include presentations from EEA, BOEMRE, and representatives from the U. S. Coast Guard, followed by question and answer sessions. Public comments can also be submitted to BOEMRE until February 28, 2011.


EEA Assistant Secretary for Federal Affairs Bill White
EEA Coastal Zone Management Ocean Planning Manager John Weber
BOEMRE officials
Officials of the US Coast Guard


Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 3-5 pm at the Waterfront Grille, 36 Homers Wharf, New Bedford

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 3-4:30 pm at the Oak Bluffs Libary, 56R School Street, Oak Bluffs, Marthas Vineyard
(*Discussion to focus on commercial fishing issues with the Dukes County Fishermen's Association)

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5-7 pm at the Oak Bluffs Libary, 56R School Street, Oak Bluffs, Marthas Vineyard