CRMC subcommittee vote on Deepwater expected April 3

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:00pm

The Coastal Resources Management Council  is expected to make its recommendation on the Block Island Deepwater Wind Project at a workshop on Thursday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Coastal Institute, University of Rhode Island Campus on South Ferry Road.

According to the CRMC, the Special Area Management Plan subcommittee will “render a recommendation of its findings of all hearings and testimony presented at the 3 [previously held public] hearings. There will be no public discourse or intervention on the part of the audience. The recommendation will be forwarded to the full Council at a later date for its recommendation.”

The CRMC staff had previously said that it had "no objection" to the Deepwater proposal.

Deeepwater Wind has planned a five 6-MW wind turbine project some three miles off the coast of Block Island with a submarine cable connecting the turbines to the island and mainland.

The project has drawn considerable attention, and controversy, since it was announced.