The manager for Project Icebreaker, the wind farm slated for offshore of Cleveland, held an open house recently so interested parties could see the progress and quiz those involved with the many surveys and report necessary.
The open house was held by the U.S. Department of Energy to answer questions and discuss the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) issued on August 18th analyzing the potential adverse environmental impacts of the project. Our supporters from the labor, business and environmental communities and general public turned out in large numbers — sending a forceful message to the decision-makers in attendance that Project Icebreaker is strongly supported by the community.
The Draft EA is available for review at: www.energy.gov/node/2001046. The big takeaway is that Project Icebreaker will have no significant adverse environmental impacts, and many of the minor impacts will be short term only. You can submit written comments on the EA until October 10, 2017, to: U.S. DOE, Golden Field Office, NEPA Division, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401, or by email to: ProjectIcebreaker@ee.doe.gov
The state agencies (Ohio Power Siting Board and Ohio EPA) are reviewing the project impacts at the same time as the federal agencies (US DOE, Army Corps, and Coast Guard). The OPSB has scheduled a public hearing on the project for November 8th at 6 p.m. at Cleveland City Hall.