'Rushed, sloppy project'Van Drew leads chorus of condemnation of wind projects in Wildwood
- Mar 17, 2023 11:07 am GMT
Officials, crowd almost unanimously opposed to offshore wind at
WILDWOOD - If there were any fans of offshore wind energy proposals in the
Over about 2½ hours, speakers dove into what they see as problems with the proposal for wind turbines off the coast of
The hearing was billed as "An Examination into Offshore Wind Industrialization." Leading things off was
"If offshore wind industrialization moves forward, it will be the most profound transformation of the
Also participating were
"Developers want to build thousands of
This month, the
After opening statements, which were each deeply critical of the wind power plans, the
They did not hear from Ørsted, the Danish energy company that owns
"Because Ørsted and the Biden administration refuse to share the facts with the American people, we will,"
Officials with the company said they have met with representatives of the fishing industry for years.
A statement released Thursday did not address why the company skipped the Wildwood meeting but said it is committed to helping
"Since 2019, our
She said more than 100 parties were included in the permitting process, including local municipalities.
"We have been transparent about our plans, and remain diligent in educating the public, local communities, commercial fishing representatives and stakeholders throughout the project's development," the statement reads. "We will continue to answer questions and provide information about our proposed projects as they move through the federal and state review process."
In contrast, attorney
He argued the project, if completed, would have a devastating impact on the local tourism economy.
With seating for about 400, the room was filled to capacity before the hearing began, with a long line still waiting to enter when the announcement came that no one else was getting in.
The large room had a curtain about halfway across, but officials with the
As the hearing began, chants of "Let us in" could be heard inside, but they died down as the hearing progressed.
The speakers could be heard throughout the building and outside on the
"We have a large police presence here, and that person will be removed," he said.
There were multiple uniformed officers stationed outside the
Still, there were plenty of cheers and applause for statements opposing offshore wind development, including for statements from
During the hearing,
"The ocean off the Jersey Shore is thriving with marine life. We must keep it that way," Zipf said.
Zipf said Clean
Even a smaller-scale test project could be supported, she said, but not the current proposal.
"It's too much too fast," she said, calling the plans reckless.
Donohue said local concerns must be taken more seriously in planning offshore wind.
"Local and county elected officials are pushed aside, home rule is eliminated, local control and influence is gutted," Donohue said.
He said the BPU denied due process to the county and city, including discovery and cross examination of witnesses.
He also claimed the BPU disenfranchised voters in
The deaths of multiple whales this winter, many of them washing ashore in
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