Ocean Special Area Management Plan
Governor Carcieri Recognizes Completion of First-in-the-Nation Ocean Special Area Management Plan SAMP to drive location of offshore wind projects in the region Governor Donald L. Carcieri joined US Senator Jack Reed, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, URI Graduate School of Oceanography Dean David Farmer, CRMC Chairman Michael Tikoian and RI ...
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#1 Oct 22, 2010
Did Massachusetts buy the wind siting location of New Bedford over Quonset Point ,Rhode Island with federal stimulus funds ? It sure looks like 635 million is going to the wind project but this is what happens when Massachusetts gets involved with private business !
The announced location of the Nantucket Wind project off Blackmer Street is not owned entirely by the state or the City of New Bedford. The sale or lease of the property will require a two-thirds vote by the legislature under Article 97 of the state constitution to give away or lease public property.
There are plans to take portions of land by Eminent Domain. The owners of this property will argue the public is taking the land for public good but is overlooking the toxic abandoned Cannon Street Power Plant a few hundred feet away. The taxpayer cost to blast ledge and develop the Blackmere site is about 35 million. The cost of removing the toxins at the Cannon Street Power Plant is just over twenty-million.
New Bedford is home to the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site and is a Brownfields Showcase Community. NOAA has a history of working with the City of New Bedford. It's not clear how twenty acres of land on the New Bedford waterfront has never been developed and somehow must fit in the EPA scheme of Brownfields cleanup and exactly what other issues exist with the land.
We need to look at why the Nantucket Wind project needs 600 million dollars of stimulus funds earmarked for Massachusetts. Massachusetts has received 5.6 billion in federal stimulus funds. If the Nantucket wind project was sited at Quonset Point, Rhode Island would they receive the 600 million of taxpayer stimulus funds?
Governor Patrick seems particularly concerned about the ability to gain media attention over this deal prematurely just before the Nov 2 election. We all need to keep in mind the campaign promises just before the past elections over passenger train service, airport extensions, ocean port,aquarium,casinos,wind turbine testing facilities etc. Then ask yourselves why the Massachusetts legislature calls New Bedford the Bayou!
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