Environment
8:20 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Deepwater Wind Hearing Today On Block Island

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will hold another hearing today on Deepwater Wind's permit application to build a wind farm off the coast of Block Island.

A wind farm is proposed for the waters off the coast of Block Island.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

This is the second of three scheduled hearings this month.

The CRMC subcommittee agreed to meet with Deepwater Wind before this hearing to discuss stipulations of the project outlined in a CRMC staff report. People attending this hearing will likely learn about the outcomes of that conversation. And they'll have an opportunity to share why they support or oppose the project.

Deepwater Wind's experts gave the bulk of the testimony at the first hearing, leaving time for only 9 out of nearly 60 people who signed up to testify. That's why the subcommittee has blocked 6 hours for a third hearing at URI later this week.

Deepwater proposes to build a wind farm with five turbines, 3 miles southeast of Block Island, and an underwater transmission cable that would run from Block Island to the Rhode Island mainland. This would be the nation's first offshore wind farm, if the CRMC approves the application.

The hearing takes place today 2 p.m. at at the Block Island School in the cafeteria on High Street, Block Island, RI.

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