Deepwater Wind Scoping Session

Residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed South Fork Wind Farm, a 15-turbine installation approximately 35 miles off Montauk Point, when the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management holds a scoping session on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. 

The meeting will focus on the construction and operations plan submitted by Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company that has submitted permit applications to the bureau, the New York State Public Service Commission, and other agencies.

Ryan Zinke, secretary of the interior, 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. The public scoping process is used to identify problems and potential alternatives for consideration in the impact statement. 

The publication of a notice of intent initiates a public scoping process and opens a 30-day comment period, which extends through Nov. 19. Along with Monday’s scoping session, the bureau will hold meetings and accept comments on Wednesday in New Bedford, Mass., and next Thursday in Narragansett, R.I. 

The Danish company Orsted recently acquired Deepwater Wind, which will be renamed Orsted US Offshore Wind once the transaction is completed.