The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on the South Fork Wind Farm in mid-January, and is now accepting comments on the document online here.

BOEM is also in the process of holding three virtual meetings on the DEIS in February in which the public can ask questions and provide oral testimony about the project. 

The meetings will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.

Login info is online at the link above.

Each meeting will begin with a presentation by BOEM which will be recorded and posted at the web portal listed above. 

After the presentation, the public will have the opportunity to provide comments and statements and ask questions. 

BOEM will answer questions after public testimony. All comments and questions received during the meeting will be part of the public record.

To submit questions in advance or for any other information, visit boempublicaffairs@boem.gov or call 703.787.1662.

After this hearing process is complete, BOEM will draft a final Environmental Impact Statement.

At least 30 days after that document is published, BOEM, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will issue a Record of Decision  on whether to approve or deny the project.                        

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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