Comment Period on Vineyard Wind Proposal Extended for Residents

Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton, filed a Draft Environmental Impact Report on Friday, June 15, 2018, requesting a more comprehensive report from Vineyard Wind. In filing this report, Secretary Beaton has allowed for another thirty day comment period for residents to share any concerns relative to the Vineyard Wind project to his office. This comment period will open once Vineyard Wind files the requested report.

Comment Period on Vineyard Wind Proposal Extended for Residents 

BOSTON – Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton, filed a Draft Environmental Impact Report on Friday, June 15, 2018, requesting a more comprehensive report from Vineyard Wind. In filing this report, Secretary Beaton has allowed for another thirty day comment period for residents to share any concerns relative to the Vineyard Wind project to his office. This comment period will open once Vineyard Wind files the requested report.

“In light of the selection of Vineyard Wind to proceed through the procurement process, I have concluded that an additional procedural review step, preparation of a Supplemental DEIR, will serve the shared interests of the Commonwealth and project Proponent in a robust and transparent review while providing a clear process and timeframe for action,” said Secretary Beaton.

The Vineyard Wind Project has proposed two locations for their wind farm to make landfall; Brayton Point in Somerset, MA and Lewis Bay in Hyannis, MA. State Representative Will Crocker R – Centerville, who represents the Lewis Bay area noted, “I am very pleased that Secretary Beaton has asked for additional information from Vineyard Wind and thus opening up the opportunity for more public comment on the project.  I was approached by the Town of Yarmouth with a request to allow some of their boards and committees an opportunity to get their concerns into the public record.  This is a very critical issue to the Cape and Islands, specifically the Towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth, which I represent.  It also allows the general public more time to voice their concerns.” This newly announced comment period will allow for an additional thirty days for comment on the project.

There is no deadline for Vineyard Wind to file their supplemental report. However, once the company files the report, an additional thirty day comment period will open up for members of the public to express their concerns with the project. 

Comments should be submitted to Secretary Beaton at this address:

Secretary Matthew Beaton

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900

Boston, MA 02114