BOEM Releases Draft Impact Statements for Wind Farms

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released a draft environmental impact statement for two large commercial wind farm projects planned for south of Martha’s Vineyard.

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Commonwealth Wind Asks State to Pull Project Contracts
The company behind a large commercial wind farm planned for south of Martha’s Vineyard has requested to pull its project contracts, citing rising construction costs and an inability to renegotiate pricing.
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Commonwealth Wind Pushes Ahead, Despite Economic Turbulence

A large offshore wind farm planned for south of Martha’s Vineyard remains afloat, its leaders said last week, even as inflation and supply chain issues continue to threaten the development’s financial viability.

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Offshore Wind Projects Jockey for Position in Vineyard Waters
As Vineyard Wind breaks ground on the nation’s first industrial-scale offshore wind farm, global supply chain issues and rising commodities prices have stalled a second project.
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Vineyard Wind Withdraws From Federal Permitting Process
Vineyard Wind has withdrawn its construction and operation plans from the federal permitting process, suddenly throwing the future into limbo for the consortium.
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Ship Surveys Island Waters for Wind Farm
The 151-foot vessel GO Liberty is conducting a geophysical survey of waters east and south of Martha's Vineyard for Mayflower Wind.
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Offshore Wind Farm Developers Agree on Direction
In a joint statement, four offshore wind leaseholders in waters south of the Vineyard announced they had agreed on a uniform turbine orientation and spacing for their projects.
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NOAA Raises Concerns About Effects of Wind Farm and Undersea Cables
Responding to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s nearly 500-page draft environmental impact statement, NOAA fisheries said in a letter that many of the conclusions lack sufficient evidence and require further examination.
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MVC Closes Public Hearing on Wind Farm Undersea Cables
The Martha's Vineyard Commission received an unprecedented amount of correspondence relating to wind farm undersea cables.Of those opposed, the vast majority were from people off-Island.
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Wind Hearing Sees Strong Support, and Some Heat
Developers who want to build the nation’s first large-scale wind farm in ocean waters south of Martha’s Vineyard saw strong support and also some criticism at a public hearing before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Thursday night.
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