Posted on February 20, 2023
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit
application to conduct work in waters of the United States, navigable waters, and the Outer
Continental Shelf from SouthCoast Wind Energy in Boston for proposed work in the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the proposed work would occur in the Atlantic Ocean in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Renewable Energy Lease Area OCS-A 0521, which is approximately 127,388 acres in size and is located 26 nautical miles (nm) south of Martha’s Vineyard and approximately 20 nm south of Nantucket, Mass. Proposed work outside of the lease area would also occur within the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sakonnet River, Mount Hope Bay, Muskeget Channel and Falmouth Harbor.
The overall proposal involves the construction, maintenance, and eventual decommissioning of the SouthCoast Wind Farm plus associated offshore and onshore export cables, and onshore
substation work. The SouthCoast Wind Farm would include up to 149 positions within the lease
area to be occupied by up to 147 wind turbine generators and up to five offshore substation
platforms connected by a network of inter-array cables.
USACE is soliciting comments from members of the public; federal, state and local agencies;
American Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this
proposed activity. The public notice with more detailed information is available for review on the District website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices, file # NAE-2020-00958. Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than April 4, 2023, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Ruth Ann Brien, Regulatory Division, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742 or by email to Ruthann.A.Brien@usace.army.mil. Please reference file # NAE-2020-00958.