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BOEM suspends some Vineyard Wind forums

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management suspended public-comment talks in New Bedford and Narragansett, R.I., on the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project due to the government shutdown, and plans to reschedule them.

“If the federal government shutdown continues into the morning of Jan. 7, the meetings scheduled for Jan. 8 and 9 will be rescheduled,” a BOEM statement posted to the Vineyard Wind website states. “If the federal government shutdown continues into the morning of Jan. 14, the meetings scheduled for Jan. 15-17 will be rescheduled.”

The meetings are meant to provide a forum for public comment on the draft environmental impact statement for the Vineyard Wind project. The statement “sets forth all of the understood, known impacts” of the project, Vineyard Wind spokesman Scott Farmelant said, “and ultimately it’s a tool for decisionmaking by the permitting agencies.”

The forums are also meant to foster comment for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit process for Vineyard Wind’s project, Farmelant confirmed.

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