Bummer? Yes, but spelled BOEMRE. On Sept 14th in Belfast, fed/state ocean power task force holds first meeting

On September 14th at the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, Maine the Bummer will hold its first in a series of federal/state ocean energy task force meetings. Below is from a describe of the BOEMRE plan for offshore wind extraction. the agenda. From such bland statements can offshore industrial wind plantations arise. Please come to this event. I am fighting to get the public comment period moved to _before_ adjournment of the meeting, since after the meeting, it's just an off the record discussion.


In bureaucrat-speak:

"The MMS (now BOEMRE) is working to coordinate through a task force with the federal, state, local and tribal governments... to facilitate intergovernmental communications regarding OCS renewable energy activities......The BOEMRE offshore renewable energy program includes development of renewable energy such as wind, wave, and solar. BOEMRE is responsible for inspection and oversight of energy companies to ensure they are following the law and protecting the safety of their workers and the environment"


Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)


Maine Task Force Meeting Agenda


The Hutchinson Center


80, Belmont Avenue (Route #3)


Belfast, ME 04915


(207)-338-8000


Intergovernmental Session 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration


9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks Karin Tilberg


Senior Policy Advisor Office of the Governor



Maureen Bornholdt, Program Manager


BOEMRE, Office of Offshore Alternative Energy Programs (OAEP)



9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Introductions of Invitees


Members’ Agency, and Role in the Leasing Process


Facilitated by EM&A



10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Task Force Purpose, followed by attendee Q&A


Background Role Membership


Aditi Mirani, Project Coordinator for Maine,BOEMRE, OAEP



10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Overview of BOEMRE Regulatory

Framework and Leasing Process, followed by attendee Q&A


Tim Redding, Energy Program Specialist, BOEMRE, OAEP



11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break



11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Overview of BOEMRE Environmental Review Process,


followed by attendee Q&A


Algene Byrum, Environmental Protection Specialist, BOEMRE, OAEP



12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)



1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Review and Discussion of Draft Task

Force Charter followed by attendee Q&A


Aditi Mirani. Facilitated by EM&A



2.15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Federal State Coordination Karin Tilberg



2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Overview of Next Steps:


Introduction to Request for Interest


Status of Maine’s Coastal Atlas Tool


Action Items


Next Meeting


Aditi Mirani Matt Nixon,

Facilitated by EM&A



3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Karin Tilberg, Maureen Bornholdt



4:00 p.m. Meeting Adjournment



*Q&A Session with BOEMRE 4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (Open to the public only)


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