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DEM hears public comment on Deepwater

December 16, 2013

Former Rhode Island Attorney General James E. O’Neil speaks during the public hearing at Wednesday’s DEM meeting concerning Deepwater Wind at Narragansett Town Hall.

NARRAGANSETT – Both proponents and opponents of Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Transmission System project made comments at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management public hearing Wednesday at Narragansett Town Hall.

Approximately 50 peopled attended the three-hour hearing on a modification to a state of Rhode Island dredge permit and water quality certificate.

Ronald Gagnon, chief of DEM’s Office of Technical and Customer Assistance, and Richard Bianculli, with DEM’s legal services, represented DEM at the hearing.

They noted that Michael Elliott was also present on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Gagnon and Bianculli heard comment from those in favor of the Deepwater project and its proposed cable landing at Scarborough State Beach and from those who argued against the project.

The hearing came one week after the Rhode Island State Properties Committee 2-0 decision to allow Deepwater Wind to land its cable at Scarborough.

While comment was taken Wednesday, DEM spokesperson Gail Mastrati said Thursday morning that there is no date set for when a decision on the proposed modification to the water quality certificate and dredge permit made.

Mastrati said all comments made at the hearing Wednesday, as well as those submitted to DEM in writing by Dec. 23, would be reviewed.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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