The South Fork offshore wind project cleared another regulatory hurdle this month and is now one step closer to becoming reality. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Lisa Rushton provided analysis on these latest developments to reNEWS, a leading renewable energy industry trade publication.

Located off the coast of Long Island, New York, South Fork will provide enough clean, renewable energy to power 70,000 homes. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) now has published a draft environmental statement on the project—an important step in the environmental regulatory approval process.

Rushton tells reNEWS that she expects the full environmental impact statement process to go smoothly, given how BOEM handled the process for the Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. 

“BOEM all but completed the EIS process for Vineyard and already received the full panoply of public comments,” Rushton said. “As such they are aware of all of the issues of concern and can address those concerns head on in this draft statement for South Fork.”