Public Comment Period Extended on Offshore Wind Farm

Public Comment Period Extended on Offshore Wind Farm

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This image depicts what Ocean Wind's towering wind turbines would look like off the southern New Jersey coast. (Courtesy of Orsted)

A 45-day public comment period on the proposed wind energy project off the coast of Ocean City has been extended by 15 days.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) – one of the federal agencies that will decide the fate of the project – announced the extension on Thursday.

A draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project was posted online, and a 45-day public comment period was originally scheduled to end Aug. 8. This comment period has now been extended by 15 calendar days.

BOEM is extending the comment period based on requests from the public and a technical correction to the Ocean Wind 1 Construction and Operations Plan (COP) and DEIS. Details on the technical correction can be found on the BOEM DEIS webpage. BOEM will receive public comments on the DEIS through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

BOEM’s DEIS for the proposed Ocean Wind 1 Offshore Wind Farm analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project as described in the Ocean Wind 1 COP and the alternatives to the proposed plan for constructing and operating a wind energy facility offshore New Jersey.

Public comments and input are critical in informing BOEM’s decision-making process. For more information, including instructions for commenting, go to: https://www.boem.gov/ocean-wind-1.