Federal Scoping Meeting for Deepwater Nov. 5

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public scoping meeting on the construction and operations plan submitted by Deepwater Wind for its proposed South Fork Wind Farm on Nov. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced on Oct. 17 that the bureau would publish a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for the construction and operations plan. If approved, Deepwater Wind, which was recently acquired by the Danish company Orsted and will be renamed Orsted US Offshore Wind once the transaction is completed, would be able to construct the 15-turbine installation approximately 35 miles from Montauk. The public scoping process is used to identify problems and potential alternatives for consideration in the impact statement. 

Publication of the notice of intent initiates the public scoping process and opens a 30-day comment period, which extends through Nov. 19. The bureau will hold meetings and accept comments at the Nov. 5 meeting, as well as at meetings on Nov. 7 in New Bedford, Mass., and on Nov. 8 in Narragansett, R.I.