Statement of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound
Last week, federal officials released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), which left Cape Wind’s lease to 46 square miles of Nantucket Sound in place, ignoring requests the lease be terminated from the Cape and Islands legislative delegation, the Steamship Authority, the Barnstable Municipal Airport, and hundreds of associations, businesses, political leaders, and residents. The federal government must now make a decision on its final action after a 30 day period, which provides opportunity for additional comment.
Clearly, Cape Wind is continuing its efforts to build 130 massive steel turbines in our historic and fragile ocean waters.
In keeping the 28-year lease in place, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said, “For the Final SEIS, the Proposed Action (affirming BOEM’s issuance of the existing lease), which remains the same as the 2009 Proposed Action, would leave undisturbed BOEM’s decision to issue the lease and the decisions that flowed from that, including COP [Construction and Operating Plan] approval. The 2017 Proposed Action would allow CWA [Cape Wind Associates] to exercise its rights under the lease within its terms and conditions. BOEM issued the lease to CWA on October 4, 2010.”
The report ignores recent developments that make it clear Cape Wind should not still be considered a viable wind project:
- At 15 years old, the project technology is outdated;
- the state permits for transmission lines have been denied;
- the state utilities expected to buy the overpriced power have canceled their power contracts;
- there is no funding source for the project.
The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound will submit additional comments and evidence that lease cancellation is the only responsible alternative. The Alliance will continue fighting this project until this lease is canceled and Nantucket Sound is no longer vulnerable to industrial development.
CONTACT – AUDRA PARKER, CEO AND PRESIDENT, ALLIANCE TO PROTECT NANTUCKET SOUND