Government financial support for Cape...

Government financial support for Cape Wind in doubt

There are 2 comments on the The Inquirer & Mirror story from May 13, 2011, titled Government financial support for Cape Wind in doubt. In it, The Inquirer & Mirror reports that:

A key piece of federal support for the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm is now in doubt.

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Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 May 14, 2011
The Nantucket Wind project looks to have been put on hold. The project had been looking at many sites as its headquarters: Port of Paulsboro,NJ., Quonset Point,RI,New Bedfrod and Quincy, Massachusetts.Everytime you read a newspaper it's in a new location. Many thought designating four locations as the headquarters all the time would help the project as each state and municipality thought it was a great idea. In fact one the ten lawsuits is about the placement of the headquarters is between Quonset Point, Rhode Island and New Bedford. 

The state of Massachusetts in an unusual turn of events has 1.2 million dollars from an EPA dredging project in New Bedford Harbor to build an ocean wind port. The state has already hired a Tacoma, Washington engineering company with the cash from the PCB dredging site.

This should put a hold on the proposed New Bedford Ocean Wind Turbine Port near Blackmer Street. 

The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal was going to consist of a 1,200 linear foot bulkhead with deep water access and roughly 20 acres of surface space. Over one million dollars and a real estate deal for eight acres of land are in the balance for the ocean wind port. 

A Middleboro contractor who was going to build the bases for the wind turbines has been told to look at the old Fore River shipyard in Quincy rather than New Bedford. A German company is already looking into the old Quincy shipyard location. 

A Brockton newspaper is reporting one hundred acres of space available at the Quincy shipyard. The contractors say there are few better sites than right in the Quincy shipyard to go to! 

There must have been some political knowledge that the Nantucket Wind Project was to expensive. The total cost of the project if you add the high voltage underwater cable could come in at 4 billion.

You have got to ask why the state of Massachusetts is buying twenty acres of land and spending 35 million to build the ocean wind turbine port for a private contractor. Last year the state stopped building a 91 million dollar barge with taxpayer funds for the wind turbine company.
Mary Delaney

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 May 21, 2011
Is the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal being built for Who ?

Is the proposed New Bedford Commerce Terminal being built for the Nantucket Wind Project ? The FEIS describes Quonset Point ,Rhode Island as the staging area -Not New Bedford .

In an unusual turn of events, dredging for an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup in its coastal waters helped streamline approval for construction of the terminal facility, Decas says. Decas expects EPA approval for construction by mid-April, with work beginning in June and ending in December. Apex Engineering, Tacoma, Wash., is engineer for the project.

Quonset Staging Area Cape Wind Page 9

Background: The FEIS describes the industrial port facility located in Quonset, Rhode Island as the onshore staging area for major construction activity associated with the Proposed Action. This site was formally known as the U.S. Naval Reservation-Quonset Point. Following the downsizing of the U.S. Naval Reservation-Quonset Point, the site became an industrial and
commercial park.

Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020

Artist’s rendering of proposed New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, staging area for offshore wind installation.(Courtesy of MassCEC)

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