In the last 45 days, the count is now 7 dead whales that have washed up on NJ & NY beaches.
Natural occurrence? Boat strike? Caught in fish nets?
How about sonar blasts used for wind turbine research? This tactic helps ‘map and measure’ the ocean floor. Data is used to help construct offshore wind farms.
Sonar blasts are harmful to marine life that depends on sonar (sound) for finding food and navigating the depths.
NJ Gov Murphy pushing hard to build the largest, experimental offshore wind farm in America. Just 10-12 miles off the coast of South Jersey.
On Friday, Jan. 13, Congressman Jeff Van Drew demanded that all offshore wind activity in the state of New Jersey end, following an unprecedented number of whales that have washed ashore in the New Jersey/New York area over the past month.
“Since offshore wind projects were being proposed by Governor Murphy to be built off the coast of New Jersey, I have been adamantly opposed to any activity moving forward until research disclosed the impacts these projects would have on our environment and the impacts on the fishing industry,” said Congressman Van Drew.
Ocean life is being put at risk. We have seen a complete lack of transparency from New Jersey’s leaders.
Van Drew: I demand that all offshore wind activity be halted until it is properly determined what the effects of these activities are having on our marine life. I will be calling for congressional investigations into the matter.
Jerseynews_Bill: RT @ACPressConklin: #BREAKING Another whale has washed up on the Jersey Shore, this time in Brigantine. It’s a little past the Sea Wall at the north end. @ACPressHuba @ThePressofAC pic.twitter.com/sXXpiAN4NQ— CapeAtlanticNews (@CapeAtlanticNWS) January 13, 2023
Van Drew noted latest announcement from Governor Murphy : yet another offshore wind project.
Margate, Longport and Ventnor not likely to support Van Drew’s effort to investigate whale deaths.
Wind turbine research. Don’t want to disturb recent grant awards from the Pro–NJ Grantor Trust, a $15 million fund established by Ørsted and Ocean Wind. Their goal is to grow the offshore wind industry in New Jersey.
- Borough of Longport – $368,750 to replace and upgrade stormwater piping along Winchester Avenue and sections of 34th Avenue, in addition to replacing pumping equipment and the construction of a new pumping station by 31st Avenue and the bay;
- City of Margate – $446,880 to construct a new, submersible stormwater pump station near the intersection of Adams Avenue and Amherst Avenue, and to construct a sewer interconnection from Washington Avenue to the underground vault;
- City of Ventnor – $546,003 to replace 500 linear feet of failing bulkhead that protects a residential area and water infrastructure under Winchester Avenue and reconstruct the roadway, including sidewalk and curbing replacement;
A so-called WIND MONEY advisory committee helps review and recommend the most appropriate proposals for funding. Some of those members that pick the winners are:
- Brian K. Jackson, Chief Operating Officer, Stockton University Atlantic City
- Dr. Barbara Gaba, President, Atlantic Cape Community College
- Zenith Shah, Co-Founder, Authentic City Partners
- Lori Pepenella, CEO Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce