For Immediate Release - April 06, 2011

Energy and Environment Affairs Hosts Habitat Working Group on Offshore Renewable Energy Development on Wednesday

Media Advisory

What Officials of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) will host a meeting in Boston on Wednesday, April 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) 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 purpose of this meeting is to discuss scientific habitat information and natural resource data related to the RFI area to help inform the federal leasing process. At the request of the Patrick-Murray Administration, members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, and Massachusetts fishermen, BOEMRE extended the RFI public comment period until April 18.

Members of the Habitat Working Group include:

Priscilla Brooks, Conservation Law Foundation

Jack Clarke, MassAudubon

Tom French, MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

Scott Kraus, New England Aquarium

Stormy Mayo, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

Who EEA Assistant Secretary for Federal Affairs Bill White
Acting EEA Coastal Zone Management Director Bruce Carlisle
EEA Coastal Zone Management Ocean Planning Manager John Weber
When Wednesday April 6, 2011 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Where Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston