Because of the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is postponing public meetings on its draft environmental impact statement for Vineyard Wind’s proposed offshore wind project.
In a Dec. 26 notice, BOEM stated the following:
“If the federal government shutdown ends by the morning of January 7, 2019, the meetings scheduled for January 8, 9 and 15-17 will occur as scheduled. If the federal government shutdown continues into the morning of January 7, the meetings scheduled for January 8 and 9 will be rescheduled. If the federal government shutdown continues into the morning of January 14, the meetings scheduled for January 15-17 will be rescheduled.”
Vineyard Wind encourages the public to submit comments online for both the BOEM draft environmental impact statement and the final environmental impact report submitted to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office. Instructions on submitting comments can be found here. BOEM continues to accept online comments during the shutdown, notes Vineyard Wind.