Thank you to all of our supporters who submitted comments, urging the Dept. of the Interior to rescind Cape Wind’s lease to 46 square miles in Nantucket Sound.
The U.S. Department of the Interior, which issued Cape Wind a long-term federal lease in 2010, is still trying to move forward with Cape Wind.
The federal government issued a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and, once again, rubberstamped Cape Wind’s outdated, expensive, and poorly sited project. Our fight to save the Sound must continue as strong as ever!
The draft SEIS leaves Cape Wind’s lease in place. As long as Cape Wind holds this lease, which is valid through the year 2041, Nantucket Sound remains vulnerable to development.
Interior asked for public comments on the draft SEIS through May 15th before they publish a final version. The agency announced earlier that the final review will result in one of two outcomes: They will either rescind the lease or reinstate it.
Please see talking points below:
- The project and the environmental review are both outdated.
- The supplemental review is inappropriately narrow in scope.
- The SEIS ignores many new developments since the original review was issued over eight years ago:
- Cape Wind no longer has state permits.
- Cape Wind no longer has a valid permit from the Federal Aviation Administration.
- Cape Wind no longer has contracts to sell their power.
- There are many new alternative offshore wind development sites.
Using the Federal Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=BOEM-2017-0008&fp=true&ns=true
Cape Cod Times article, “Cape Wind Review to Be Revised” http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170330/cape-wind-project-review-to-be-revised
Cape Cod Times Op-Ed by Audra Parker: “Interior Department Must Terminate Cape Wind’s Lease” http://www.capecodtimes.com/opinion/20170315/interior-department-must-terminate-cape-winds-lease?rssfeed=true