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Wind Farm Surveys Return

Thu, 07/29/2021 - 08:13

Another round of survey work in support of the South Fork Wind farm was to begin as soon as Wednesday. 

A notice from Eversource Energy, which is developing the wind farm with Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, said that 23 test borings will be made using a track-mounted drill rig at locations along the Long Island Rail Road right of way between Wainscott Northwest Road and Cove Hollow Road. The right of way is a portion of the route of the wind farm's export cable that will come ashore at the ocean beach at the end of Beach Lane in Wainscott and travel on an underground path to the Long Island Power Authority substation in East Hampton. 

Each boring will be an approximately two-inch-wide hole and approximately 15 to 25 feet deep. The exact boring locations may be modified to accommodate site conditions and to minimize impacts to the site during sampling. Minor brush clearing will be required to access many of the boring locations, but will involve only low brush. Trees or high branches will not be removed during the clearing, according to Eversource.

The borings will be backfilled once completed. If contamination occurs, the soil will be disposed of at an approved solid waste facility. 

There will be no road closures and train schedules will not be affected, according to Eversource. The surveys will be conducted Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The work is to be completed within three weeks, depending on weather conditions.

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