State and Federal Agencies to Hold Public Meetings on Vineyard Wind

NEW BEDFORD – The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Management and Massachusetts’ Energy Facilities Siting Board have each announced upcoming public hearings in April for the proposed Vineyard Wind offshore wind project.

The BOEM meetings, which will take place during the week of April 16th through the 20th and the EFSB hearing, which will take place on April 24 in Hyannis, will allow members of the public to submit comments regarding the project’s environmental impacts and related issues.

The upcoming public hearings are the latest signs of progress for Vineyard Wind, which is the only offshore wind project in the US to have started the federal, state, and local permitting review process.

“We encourage members of the public to participate in these public federal and state meetings, which have recently been announced by the lead regulatory agencies,” said Erich Stephens, Chief Development Officer for Vineyard Wind.

“Residents may also submit written comments directly to BOEM or EFSB if they cannot attend a public hearing, and comments submitted that way are given the same careful consideration from the regulators as comments made at the meetings.”

The EFSB will accept written public comment on the proposed development, which will be located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard until May 8.

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