For Immediate Release - September 16, 2011

State Energy and Environment Officials Host Federal Officials for Public Meetings on the Offshore Wind Development Process

MEDIA ADVISORY

Meetings planned in New Bedford and Martha's Vineyard
What:

Officials of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) will participate in two U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) public meetings in New Bedford and Martha's Vineyard during the week of September 19, 2011. The purpose of the sessions is to take public comment on BOEMRE's Call for Information and Nominations and Notice of Intent to support the planning and analysis of the development of offshore wind projects in areas of federal waters south of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, referred to as the "Area of Mutual Interest." The sessions will include presentations from BOEMRE followed by a public comment period.

In addition, EEA will host two working group sessions---in New Bedford next week. Both working groups were formed by EEA to help inform the federal offshore wind development process.

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,

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Assistant Director Tom French

Representatives from BOEMRE

When:

BOEMRE Public Meeting

Tuesday September 20, 2011 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Corson Maritime Learning Center Theater - New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, 33 William Street, New Bedford

BOEMRE Public Meeting

Wednesday September 21, 2011 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Katharine Cornell Theater, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven

Habitat Working Group

Tuesday September 20, 2011 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

New Bedford Harbor Development Commission, Wharfinger Building, 52 Fisherman's Wharf, New Bedford

Fisheries Working Group

Tuesday September 20, 2011 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New Bedford Harbor Development Commission, Wharfinger Building, 52 Fisherman's Wharf, New Bedford