The following letter was allegedly sent from someone within the Army Corp of Engineers:
So you think Ocean Wind turbines will have NO IMPACT on the ocean?
They require carpet bombing the seafloor with sonar non-stop. Who uses sonar? Whales & dolphins.
Punch thousands of holes, 60′ wide by 100-150′ deep. (sorry scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, crabs, etc.)
Then, build caisons of steel and concrete. A caisson is a watertight structure which is used as an “anchor” for a foundation
Next: erect 1,000 ft wind turbines, with blades 180′ long, spinning at 180 mph. Turbine blades will slice up anything that happens to fly by.
The down draft from blades will impact the sea and waves below. Ever see a helicopter hover over water? Imagine that 24-7. The non-stop sound they emit won’t cause any problems-Right?
How Do Sharks and Rays Use Electricity to Find Hidden Prey? Animals that hide on the seafloor are often masters of disguise. But even the most evasive of prey cannot hide from hungry sharks and stingrays. These predators can detect tiny electric currents radiating from animals like shrimp and small fish. Without using their ears, nose, or eyes stingrays can locate and devour their prey.
Next: Dredge a trough 6 feet deep by 10 miles long back to the shore.
Lay the electrified cable. (Sorry sharks and rays) Re-bury that trough. A great thing for the ocean and it’s inhabitants?
Oh yeah, the onshore existing energy grid and stations can’t handle the incoming power. So, this will require multiple off shore “islands” to be built for new power sub-stations.
Now multiply this from New England to the Carolinas and beyond.
Hope you don’t like seafood. Scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels and crabs will be depleted beyond recognition.
Generations of fisherman. You’ll be going broke.
PSEG just sold their 25% share back to ORSTED, the Danish company who will reap $$$ BILLIONS.
Also, cost over runs.
YOUR electric bill will SKYROCKET to pay for this.
But I’m sure that you know better and this will all work out just fine.
Does wind energy have a place? YES. In the ocean? NO.
‘Regards, stay well and safe.’