Fishermen, Public Invited to Meeting With Deepwater Wind
The East Hampton Town Trustees’ harbor management committee will host officials from Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company planning to construct a 15-turbine wind farm approximately 30 miles from Montauk, when it meets on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the trustees’ offices at the Donald Lamb Building in Amagansett.
The public, particularly members of the town’s commercial fishing industry, has been invited to attend, according to Rick Drew, who heads the committee and is a deputy clerk of the trustees.
Deepwater Wind is at present engaged in survey work for its proposed South Fork Wind Farm, which in addition to the turbines will include a transmission cable to be laid under the sea bottom that will make landfall at a location to be determined. Officials of the company expect to submit permit applications to a number of federal, state, and local agencies beginning next year. The wind farm could be operational by the end of 2022, Deepwater officials have said.
Wednesday’s meeting, Mr. Drew told his colleagues on the trustee board last month, will focus on the environmental impacts of the proposed project, “particularly with the installation of the turbine bases” and the transmission cable. “I’m looking forward to hearing from some of their environmental experts,” he said of Deepwater Wind, adding that, “we are looking to have more representation from the commercial and recreational fishing community at this meeting.”
The committee’s sessions that have focused on the proposed wind farm are leading to a public meeting at which a summary of research from all stakeholders will be presented, Mr. Drew said. That could happen as early as next month, he added.