IN RESPONSE TO THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION'S SHODDY WIND FARM APPROVAL HOUSE PASSES (244-189) SMITH AMENDMENT REQUIRING INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS FOR 3,400 OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES ALONG JERSEY SHORE
- Mar 31, 2023 11:53 am GMT
The following information was released by the office of New Jersey Rep.
Smith said his amendmentwhich passed by a vote of 244-189 and is now part of HR 1comes in response to the Biden and Murphy Administrations' rush to install the massive wind farms around the nation's busiest port without adequate study on their impact on the environment, marine mammals, the fishing industry, tourism, navigational safety and more.
"The offshore wind industrialization approval process has left unaddressed and unanswered numerous serious questions concerning the potentially harmful environmental impact on marine life and the ecosystems that currently allow all sea creatures great and small to thrive," Smith said during House debate on his amendment, noting at least 15 dead whales have washed ashore in
"Like canaries in coal mines, the recent spate of tragic whale and dolphin deaths and a well-founded suspicion that geophysical surveys including the use of sonar may be a contributing cause, has brought new light and increased scrutiny to the fast tracking of approximately 3,400 offshore wind turbines covering 2.4 million acres by 2030all embedded into the ocean floor by pile driversor floatedin the North Atlantic Planning Area that includes
Specifically, Smith's amendment would require the US Government Accountability Office (GAO)the congressional watchdogto investigate and report to
Smithwho raised numerous concerns about the offshore wind projectssaid the GAO would also be tasked to reveal how federal agencies determine which stakeholders are consulted; whether a timely, comprehensive comment period is provided for local representatives and interested parties; and the estimated cost and who pays for the projects.
"If and when the wind turbines go online, vessel navigationincluding
"The vulnerability of massive structures the size of the
"With so much at stakeand out of an abundance of caution and concerna serious, aggressive, and independent analysis on the ocean-altering impact of these projects is absolutely critical," said Smith.
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