1) Memorial service for Jack Gretta Wednesday, February 8th
2) Send your input to the Cape Wind review by MMS if interested
3) Meeting reminder: Saturday at 2pm in Worcester, MA, see neeaa.org for
1) A 'Celebration of Jack Gretta's Life' will be held tomorrow, Wednesday,
February 8th at 11AM at the the Deep River Congregational Church in Deep River,
CT. Apologies for the short notice. Call Bob Rice's cell at 203-530-4942 for
more details or directions.
2) From: Dave Robie
To: All SSSh and NEEAA People (and fellow travellers);
The proposal for the 'Cape Wind' offshore windfarm project has been put in the
hands of a different govt organization and is undergoing a
different type of environmental study now. The agency is inviting
public comment regarding the project.
Below is an email just recieved from Matthew Palmer of the Clean Power
Now organization. Clean Power is the spearhead of the 'pro wind'
efforts re: Cape wind and `en passant a great help to all windpower
proposals everywhere in New England, and even beyond in some cases. CPN is the
prime resource for us as to materials and info regarding 'big wind turbine
propsals' and efforts, even the source of the windpower buttons you see on my
hat and stickers on my truck
As of the signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, this government org,
Minerals Management Service, will have the final say in regards to the
permitting of the Cape Wind proposal for the offshore wind farm in Cape Cod
waters. They control all use of the USA's Outer Continental Shelf.
Historically, the MA EPA (MEPA) has passed this project. Thanking
all the people who through their personal letters to MEPA and group vote and
statements of both NEEAA and SSSh had a part in this MA approval. Now it's
time to do the same with our personal letters regarding the Federal Government's
MMS is making rules now for all future offshore projects. These
rules could either make or break the availability of the continental
shelf to windpower projects. The comment period to this org ends Feb
28th. So all must write soon.
Asking all interested in the future of all alternative energy offshore,
including this Cape Wind offshore project to mail or email your
comments in favor of Cape Wind to;
Minerals Management Service
Attn; Rules Processing Team
Reference altenergy-related uses on the
outer continental shelf - 1010-AD30
381 Elden St
Herndon VA 20170-4817
For email, you may connect through a 'Clean Power Now' link, the MMS
The CPN Eaddy is below in the 'Matt Palmer' letter. Also, direct
connect Eaddy for MMS is below . Include the 'Reference' sentence in the mail
address above with all comments whether snail or email.
Below also, my original inquiry to Matt of CPN in respose to others
expressed concerns over what sort of a board the MMS is.
David C. Robie
Secretary, New England Electric Automobile Association
Weymouth Committee Chairman, Sustainable South Shore
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Thanks for your interest in this, and please feel free to forward this
email on to your groups. The permit for Cape Wind is now being handled by the
offshore division of Minerals Management Service. That division does not get
involved in coal mining - they write permits and leases for offshore oil and
gas. We are confident they will give the Cape Wind permit a fair and objective
review. Some of the people involved in the permitting were part of the Offshore
Wind Energy study sponsored by the Mass Technology Collaborative. They are
knowledgeable in this area and have been given the task of establishing an
offshore renewable energy program for federal waters.
The comments they are soliciting now are to help guide them in developing the
offshore renewable program. Once they have written draft regulations, there will
be another comment period. MMS' offshore renewable website is
. The present
comment period ends Feb 28.
Thanks for the information on upcoming events. I have sent a copy of this to
Chelsea Harnish, our membership coordinator, since she handles this for us.
Matthew A. Palmer, PE
Clean Power Now
Office: (508) 775-7796
Fax: (508) 775-7782
Cell: (508) 685-2406
From: David C Robie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 4:22 PM
As per Jan 06 issue CPN 'The Vision' page 4;
Is the 'Minerals Managing Service' the govt body who's major interest is coal?
Seems to me that from the point of view re lobbying, an unfair decision could
be given re windpower by a 'coal interest' govt body due to conflict of
Will be sending comments to them including a copy of the comments presented by
Sustainable South Shore at the MEPA scope at MIT regarding
Cape Wind, also the Electric Automobile Association 'communal' stand. If they
are into 'coal' I along with other 'personal letter' writers must bias any
coments written as to not get their 'coal' people stirred up against wind.
Quite a few MIT wind power comments from other individuals and orgs centered on
the 'filthy 5' coal burners.
Unless you desire otherwise, A copy of your answer to this email will be sent to
the Email lists of both Sustainable South Shore and the New
England Electric Automobile Association. Both orgs were represented and made
favorable comments regarding Cape Wind at MIT. At any rate
regardless, a different email with info on how to input 'wind'
comments' to this body including your cautions if any will be sent to
Is there a cutoff date on these comments? A 'review period' such as
'from --- to ----- ?
Earth Day is coming up and Sustainable South Shore is making plans now
for our infofest at Hull MA. We hope to see representation from the CPN
org as you have done in the past. Date is Sat Apr 22, setup starts at
8, show opent to the public at 10am. We usually close about 3.
Location (at this point) is the same, Mary Jean Murray Bathhouse, on
Nantasket Beach. We have both indoor and outdoor locations. You were
indoors before and the display was both excellent and informative, a
'hit' with the public. For reservation, contact Nancy Kramer at
So Weymouth MA
Weymouth Committeee Chairman, Sustaiinable South Shore
Secretary, New England Electric Automobile Association