Vineyard Wind to file Supplemental Environmental Impact Report

Vineyard Wind, which is developing the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States off the coast of Massachusetts, released the following statement about the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office request for extended public comment and a supplemental filing to the Draft Environmental Impact Report initially submitted on May 2nd:

“We welcome the extended project review the Supplemental Draft EIR offers because it presents another opportunity for substantive, constructive conversations about the project,” said Erich Stephens, Chief Development Officer with Vineyard Wind. “We encourage any interested party to share their insights, concerns and thinking so that when comments are submitted prior to the Final EIR, they are robust and informed. Our goal remains to ensure a deliberate, transparent, and complete assessment of the Vineyard Wind Connector project, which we continue to refine in order to ensure no substantial or lasting environmental impacts. Wherever possible, our team has used public comments to inform our extensive and ongoing research, for example core sampling at Covell's beach and the preliminary phase of an extensive, multifaceted study of Lewis Bay. By incorporating additional input now, we can front load work that had been scheduled for later in the year as part of the Final EIR while also facilitating review by local and regional agencies. When it comes to the unique process of permitting the country's first scale offshore wind farm, we believe the best outcome is a project shaped through listening and communicating.”

Rebecca Rutenberg