TOWN OF EAST HAMPTON
159 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, New York 11937
Supervisor PETER VAN SCOYOC (631) 324-4140
June 14, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
East Hampton Town Calls on State Public Service Commission for Thorough Review of Deepwater Wind’s South Fork Wind Farm Onshore Transmission Line Cable Proposal
Agency must carefully examine possible impacts to aquatic and avian species, commercial and recreational fishing, public lands, safety, traffic, and aesthetics, Supervisor Van Scoyoc says at June 11 Public Service Commission hearing
Town officials attended a hearing held in East Hampton on June 11 by the New York State Public Service Commission, which has jurisdiction over an application by Deepwater Wind to land a submarine electrical export cable from 15 planned offshore wind turbines at a point in East Hampton, and to install cable running from the landing point to an electrical substation on Cove Hollow Road in East Hampton, and submitted a statement detailing areas of concern that the Commission should evaluate before deciding whether to issue a permit.
Deepwater Wind, now owned by Orsted, has proposed a 15-turbine wind energy farm in federal waters 35 miles east of Montauk Point.
Under federal and state laws, environmental review for the offshore wind turbine project will be conducted on the federal level, for the offshore turbines and infrastructure, by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; and by the state Public Service Commission for the portion of the project within state territorial waters and on land.
While the review process and decision-making is in the hands of the federal and state agencies, the Town has filed to obtain status as a party to both review procedures, and will be participating to the fullest extent possible in order to protect the interests of East Hampton Town residents.
The statement, read into the public hearing record by Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, is attached. An additional, more extensive and comprehensive written list of the Town’s environmental and other concerns will be submitted to the P.S.C. on or before a July 12, 2019 deadline.
Members of the public may also submit comments to the Public Service Commission through July 12, referencing Case Number 18-T-0604, by email to email@example.com, by leaving a phone message at 1-800-335-2120; or through the PSC Department website at www.dps.ny.gov, where those interested may also subscribe to a notification list for updates on proceedings in the case, or can request party status to participate in discovery, testimony, evidentiary hearings, procedural conferences, and other events.