Assemblyman Thiele Urges East Hampton to Grant Deepwater Easements

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. on Monday issued a statement supporting the East Hampton Town Board and Town Trustees’ potential approval of the public right-of-way easements needed for Deepwater Wind to proceed with its permit applications in its bid to build the South Fork Wind Farm.

Stating his support comes so that the formal environmental review of this project can begin, Mr. Thiele said, “Review by the state can begin only after the real estate approvals from the town and town trustees. The potential impacts to the fishing industry must be identified, addressed and avoided. This must be accomplished as part of the state and federal review process before the project can go forward.”

He said Deepwater Wind has demonstrated a willingness to work with the community as part of the review process, which other energy companies have not done. He also said his support for this wind energy project should not be “construed as a rubber stamp for every offshore wind project that is proposed.”

“We must look at the merits of each individual project to ensure it meets the goals of our energy policy and that the project avoids unacceptable adverse environmental impacts,” Mr. Thiele said. “The public is right to demand the strictest review of this project.”