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One more step towards getting some offshore wind farms built in the northeast US: As Renewable Energy World reports, an environmental impact assessment looking at proposed offshore wind farms in New Jersey shows that there will be little negative impact on wildlife, shipping or tourism.
The study area included 75 miles of coastal area from Seaside Park to North Wildwood, and explored approximately 1,360 square nautical miles. It looked at the abundance, distribution and migratory patterns of avian species, fish, marine mammals and sea turtles. It factored in shipping lanes, pipelines, tug and barge transit routes and undersea utility lines, while mapping artificial reefs, commercial and recreational fishing areas, and marine protected areas.
Conducted by DEP-contracted GEO-Marine Inc., the information can be used to support a pilot project as well as three lease areas proposed for offshore wind development, all of which are located between 3 and 20 miles off the coast.