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Wind Farms Still Under Environmental Review at the Interior Department
Apparently permitting for offshore wind is one NEPA/permitting process the President has not waived. The fishing industry has been lobbying the Administration hard for many waivers and exceptions to regulations for their own operations — things like lifting the restrictions on fishing in the NE Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which Trump did last week, and having no observers onboard fishing vessels. But regarding wind farms, the Interior Department is taking a “robust” look at the environmental impacts of wind energy and will “incorporate new information, such as additional state offshore wind targets” based on “stakeholder input.”
Coast Guard Sides With Energy Producers
According to Court House News, the Coast Guard said they had received “various comments … concerning navigation corridors,” including from groups that had asked for navigation corridors between 2 and 4 nm in width. But the Coast Guard concluded that the larger corridors would “actually provide far less area than the numerous corridors that result from the recommended array and spacing.” They found that the industry’s proposed grid pattern would result in the functional equivalent by creating more numerous navigation corridors that can safely accommodate both transits through and fishing within the wind farm area.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A climate battle is quietly raging in homes across America. Cities are increasingly adopting and implementing policies to reduce carbon emissions at every level, despite opposition from Washington’s biggest construction and fossil fuel trade associations. The International Code Council, which, despite its name, serves primarily the U.S., met this […]
Yesterday, the International Energy Agency published its 2020 World Energy Outlook, which focuses on the next decade in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and makes a bold forecast: oil demand will hit a plateau in 2030 and decline from there, while solar energy could become the “new king of the world’s electricity markets.” In […]
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