Tighten US federal oversight of offshore wind development

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Some 0.5 million hectares of offshore wind farms are leased along the US east coast, with more to come. A federal permit from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and state agencies is required to install turbines in leased areas and for selling leases. In my view, the effects on ocean life and fisheries of large offshore wind developments, and of adding yet more turbines, should be evaluated independently and incorporated into decisions over where the turbines can be sited.

Competing Interests

T.G. has acted as a consultant to fishery organizations for mitigation of offshore wind development and has advised the Rhode Island Fishery Advisory Board and Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.

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