Laborers' International Union of North America Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
- Jun 17, 2021 3:49 pm GMT
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Ciro Scalera, government affairs director for the New Jersey Laborers Union, has issued a public comment on behalf of the Laborers International Union of North America on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management notice entitled "Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Ocean Wind, LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New Jersey". The comment was posted on June 10, 2021:
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My name is Ciro Scalera, I am here today on behalf of Vice President and Eastern Region Manager Raymond M. Pachino of the Laborers International Union of North America, LIUNA.
The eastern region represents 45,000 members in New Jersey, New York City, Long Island, Delaware and Puerto Rico. This includes 11,000 New Jersey laborers, Locals 472 and 172 members who build and maintain our roads, bridges and tunnels as well as construct all forms of water, solar and soon to be wind infrastructure. We support the proposed Orsted Wind 1100 megawatt project as it is an absolutely essentially step to implement Governor Murphy's energy master plan and achieve our state's ambitious goal of 7,500 megawatts from wind by 2035.
Our energy mix is in a significant and long term transition from fossil fuels to renewables. Ocean wind represents the first part of a new clean energy industry in our state and one that will be built by Union workers. LIUNA brings several decades of work experience in building all types of energy and related infrastructure. Our New England sister locals were integral to the implementation of American and Orsted's first U.S. wind farm on Block Island, Rhode Island.
Orsted has begun working closely with organized labor in New Jersey to initiate the development of plans for building this important project and insuring highly trained Union men and women who will be part of the onshore and offshore work needed to construct the wind farm. This project will also provide major environmental benefits in how we power New Jersey's homes and businesses in the future.
We need to increase renewable energy sources to meet our energy demands while protecting our environment, and offshore wind is the most significant opportunity to do this on the east coast. Simply put, it will greatly reduce our reliance on carbon admitting sources of energy.
I have listened to all the presentations this afternoon, and it is fairly clear that over the past decade, numerous studies have been done by BOEM, NJDEP, Orsted, looking at virtually every aspect of this proposed project.
Our ask would be that you consider and recognize these studies and the modifications that were made from these studies as you finalize an impact statement.
Thank you very much.
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The notice can be viewed at https://www.regulations.gov/document/BOEM-2021-0024-0001
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