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Incidental Take Authorization: Avangrid Renewables, LLC's Construction of the New England Wind Offshore Wind Farm Project off of Massachusetts

Overview

Authority
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Published
06/08/2023

Summary

NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Park City Wind, LLC for Incidental Take Regulations and an associated Letter of Authorization. The requested regulations would govern the authorization of take, by Level A harassment and/or Level B harassment, of small numbers of marine mammals over the course of 5 years (2025-2030) incidental to construction of the New England Wind Project. Park City Wind proposes to develop the New England Wind Project in two phases, known as Park City Wind (Phase 1) and Commonwealth Wind (Phase 2). Project activities that may result in incidental take include pile driving (impact and vibratory), drilling, unexploded ordnance or munitions and explosives of concern detonation, and vessel-based site assessment surveys using high-resolution geophysical equipment. If adopted, the proposed regulations would be effective March 27, 2025, through March 26, 2030.

*Since publication of the Notice of Receipt of Application and Proposed Rulemaking, upon request from Park City Wind, LLC (a subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables, LLC), BOEM completed a lease segregation of Lease Area OCS-A-0534 resulting into two separate Lease Areas, OCS-A-0534 and OCS-A-0561. Park City Wind, LLC retains ownership of OCS-A-0534 and a new subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables, LLC, named CommonWealth Wind, LLC, has acquired OCS-A-0561.

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Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 05/16/2024