Contingency Plan for January Public Hearings on Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts
WASHINGTON, DC – On November 30, 2018, BOEM announced its intention to issue a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC that would allow it to construct and operate an 800-megawatt wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts. The NOA was published in the Federal Register on December 7, 2018 for a 45-day public comment period. During this time, BOEM expects to conduct five public meetings and accept comments. The input received via this process will inform preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
As many of you are aware, annual funding for the government expired on December 21, 2018. A lapse in funding means that a number of government activities have ceased due to a lack of appropriated funding and because a number of employees have been temporarily furloughed.
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.