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May 7, 2019 5:00 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

State To Hold Hearing On Deepwater Cable

May 7, 2019 12:35 PM

The New York State Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on June 11 in East Hampton on the application by Deepwater Wind to install a power supply cable connecting the South Fork Wind Farm to a Long Island Power Authority substation near East Hampton Village.

The hearing will be at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street and will be held in two sessions: an afternoon session starting at 2 p.m. and an evening session starting at 6 p.m. Each of the sessions will begin with a one-hour informational forum at which Public Service Commission staff will be on hand to discuss details of the proposed route the cable would follow.

The hearing technically will only pertain to Deepwater’s application to install the power cable where it runs through New York State waters and under roadways, and not the construction of the wind farm itself.

As proposed, the cable would run through about 3.5 miles of state waters and beneath about four miles of roadways once it comes ashore at Beach Lane in Wainscott.

Deepwater Wind—which was purchased last fall by Danish energy giant Ørsted and is now part of Ørsted U.S. Offshore’s much larger wind farm development effort in the region—also has an application pending with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and several other federal agencies for the construction of the 15 wind turbines in the waters between Block Island and Nantucket.

The turbines would be built about 30 nautical miles southeast of Montauk in an area known as Cox Ledge.

The undersea power cable would run along the ocean floor for about 50 miles, until it reaches Wainscott. The Deepwater proposal calls for the cable to be buried about 4 feet into the sea floor, where possible, until it comes to within about 1,500 feet of the beach.

It would then be pulled into a conduit bored from land and extending as much as 30 feet below the sea floor as it passes beneath the ocean beach and into an underground vault constructed beneath the parking lot at Beach Lane.

The cable would then follow an underground route typical for other buried utility lines to the Long Island Rail Road right-of-way, and then to the power station near Buell Lane.

Deepwater is negotiating with the East Hampton Town Trustees and East Hampton Town for easements that would allow the energy company to use town territory for the cables.

The company has also proposed an alternate route that would bring the cable ashore in Napeague State Park and follow a much longer underground route through Amagansett and East Hampton Village to reach the substation.

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Southeast of Montauk going to Wainscott seems longer than to the state park? How about a map of the proposed routes?
Seems like deepwater is doing a name and bait a switch deal... Smells like rotten fish...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on May 10, 19 11:48 PM
“Because of the 'bait and switch' tactics of Deepwater/Orsted, I cannot trust them with my community's future.” - Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.

I am so tired of this story, and the debates, however it seems the project may still move forward with yet another plan of action.

There have been dozens and dozens of sites considered for the South Fork Wind Farm plan for offshore wind power to serve East Hampton’s LIPA grid. The ill considered Wainscott plan brought ...more
By Richter (1), Sag Harbor on May 16, 19 9:46 PM
The proposed landing is thirty feet underground. Shortest route to the railroad without disturbing a quiet neighborhood would be Wainscott NW road. You can seal conduit underground to resist flooding.

Most feasible solution.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 16, 19 10:24 PM