MassDEP Financed Wind Projects Despite Health
Aug 10, 2019
The Edgartown Conservation Commission on Martha's Vineyard voted several weeks ago to deny Vineyard Wind's application to lay two 220,000 volt AC transmission cables that would pass east of Edgartown.
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has delayed issuing a final environmental impact statement that would help clear the way for construction of the 84-turbine, 800-megawatt wind farm mainly over the interest of the fishing industry. Commercial fishermen questioned the plan at a public hearing last month.
The Edgartown conservation commission board is concerned Vineyard Wind had not provided assurances against "adverse effects" from the cables. Commercial fishermen questioned the plan at a public hearing last month.
Vineyard Wind has asked MassDEP for a Superseding Order of Conditions from MassDEP to overturn the Edgartown ConCom.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Has Been Caught In Regulatory Capture Financing Embarrassing Illegal Wind Turbine Projects In The Past.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for the past ten years has been holding hearings, meetings statewide to determine is infra-sound and noise measured in decibels making people sick. The federal government studies from 35 years ago show turbines make people sick.
The simple fact is the state of Massachusetts was the original owner of the first Falmouth, Massachusetts wind turbine. The turbine was purchased by the MTC, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative today known as the MassCEC, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The state has all the warnings including maps, memos, written warnings and emails the turbines were too loud.
In other words, the MassDEP meetings were taxpayer paid for Dog & Pony show meetings paid for by taxpayers to hide the fact MassDEP financed wind turbines in your communities knowing in advance they were too loud. The MassDEP hearings were designed to let people huff and puff and then go away.
MassDEP has a mandated political agenda from the state political administration that is past Governor Deval Patrick and now Governor Baker to build more wind turbines including ocean wind turbines.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Wind Turbine "Project Regulatory Agreement" Town of Falmouth.
Proof MassDEP financed wind turbine projects despite health & safety:
Outside legal counsel has advised that the Town of Falmouth Wind II turbine is subject to speciﬁc provisions of ARRA and applicable federal regulations and guidelines ("Federal Law") in addition to the terms and conditions of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection "Project Regulatory Agreement" ("PRA") and the Loan Agreement associated with the funding of Wind 11.
Under Federal Law and the PRA and Loan Agreement, the Town must maintain Wind II as an "energy efﬁciency" project, as described in EPA guidelines dated March 2, 2009, in order to benefit from the ﬁnancial subsidy provided by the Trust under ARRA and the Trust's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. Under federal regulations governing the Trust's ARRA grant at 40 CRF Part 31.30(d)(l).
In other words, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection lent the Town of Falmouth ARRA money that required a certain amount of power from the wind turbines or they would raise interests rates on the loan as a penalty. Instead, Falmouth Select Board members seeking re-election took the health and property rights of its citizens to save money on a wind turbine loan.
MassDEP could not enforce its own state noise regulations against any wind turbines in Massachusetts because of MassDEP was brokering loans on wind turbines they knew in advance would break state noise guidelines taking your health and property rights.
Massachusetts taxpayers are paying for a bunco scheme as corruption continues on Beacon Hill.