CRMC Staff Report Has "No Objections" to Block Island Offshore Wind Farms

Jan 30, 2014

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council says it does not object with the wind farm projects off Block Island proposed by developer Deepwater Wind.

One of the wind turbines already installed in Rhode Island.

Four CRMC staff members shared this position, along with 17 recommended stipulations, in a 53-page staff report earlier this week in advance of a public hearing on the project’s permit application next week.

The four CRMC staff members that issued the report acknowledge these offshore wind farm projects will affect birds, fisheries, and the bottom of the ocean. They say it’s difficult to know or understand the extent of these potential impacts. But they say Deepwater Wind has made an effort to meet environmental standards and minimize harm.

The committee overseeing the hearing will consider this staff opinion, along with public comments, on Tuesday. A second hearing will take place in late February.