March 23, 2022
To the Editor:
The useful report in the March 2 issue, “NY Bight Lease for Wind Electricity Nets 6 Winners,” raises issues.
A single of the six organizations, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, currently has plans for the “largest single wind challenge in New Jersey, close to 10 to 20 miles off the coastline in between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light.” The job phone calls for 111 wind turbines, 12 miles off Absecon Inlet and “probably will not be noticeable to LBI all through the summer time vacationer year.”
“Approximately 10 to 20 miles” and “probably not visible” appears to be a bit imprecise for Atlantic Shores. It is a very good guess they know the actual quantities.
The turbines will soar 75 tales large. For context, there are a lot less than a dozen water towers along the size of LBI that stand approximately 11 stories.
Also take into account the magnitude of this proposal in relation to wind farms presently in company off the complete East Coast. There are five 20-tale turbines 4 miles off Block Island and 17 miles off the mainland and two 20-story turbines 25 miles off the coastline of Virginia.
Why did Gov. Murphy force so speedy for these kinds of a sensitive venture? Everyone desires to be a weather hero, but what if it is in fact undesirable for the atmosphere? Would he be so enthusiastic if it had been 200 oil rigs 10 miles offshore? Why is it that wind farms prepared for Martha’s Vineyard, Kitty Hawk and Montauk are sited 25 miles offshore vs. 10 to 20 miles for the undertaking off New Jersey? Just how much offshore can we be sure that the turbines certainly won’t be noticeable? How can we be particular that marine and migratory wildlife will not be broken? Last but not least, why are environmentalists not extra suspicious of this corporate rush to “rescue” New Jersey? Have they in no way pushed on the northern extension of the New Jersey Turnpike?
Bob Stern of “Save LBI” has it right. Let us slow down and consider the environmental affect of what could endlessly soil a normal treasure. If we get this erroneous there is no way back.