Sep 26, 2009

Samoset hosts Offshore Wind pub info mtg September 29th 6:30-9pm

On Tuesday September 29th, the Samoset Resort in Rockport will host a public information meeting held by the Maine Department of Conservation and the Maine State Planning Office on proposals for demonstration sites off maine for offshore windfarming.  The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., and lasts until 9 p.m.

 Whether you are interested in a new clean industry and or about the reduced air and water pollution by switching to wind and solar, or  concerned about the impacts of wind turbines onfishing, lobsters, birds and other marine life in Maine coastal waters (or both), this is for you.

This will be the final of five public information meetings scheduled this month.

Background. Legislation passed this year mandates that the Department of Conservation and the State Planning Office work together to identify between one and five demonstration sites in Maine's coastal water to test the components necessary to develop offshore wind power, including floating platforms, anchoring systems, and new lightweight blade composites.   State agencies are required to identify the sites by the middle of December.

According to state officials, the purpose of the public meeting is to gather information, such as fishing and recreational uses, as well as natural resource constraints, so that exact designation of the sites is done as collaboratively as possible. More information available here and  here and here and here

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