Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Corps' Cape Wind EIS Criticized by Cape Cod Commission

Via the LOCE Wind and Wave Energy Weblog comes this Barnstable Patriot article on the Cape Cod Commission's criticism of the Cape Wind Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

The Commission's staff published a 32-page critique of the DEIS earlier this month, which outlines issues the Commission believes need to be addressed in a Supplemental DEIS. Among other things, the report asserts that the Corps has failed to adequately assess all reasonable alternatives to the proposed 130-turbine project, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). According to the Commission, omitted alternatives include:
  • smaller facilities.
  • Alternate configurations, including relocating some rows to be further
    from shore and tighter spacing between turbines.
  • A phased installation that would be typical of a precautionary approach to
    new technologies.
  • A distributed generation option that would consider several smaller wind
The Commission's report also raises concerns over incomplete and flawed assumptions, a lack of independent assessment, and a lack of qualitative data.

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