An amendment to legislation has been passed that requests the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study the effects of offshore wind projects on wildlife offshore Maryland.
The House Committee on Appropriations marked up the FY19 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill earlier in May.
Congressman Andy Harris authored, and the committee passed, an amendment ordering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “to study the effects of offshore wind projects on marine mammals and fish, as well as the need for any mitigation measures.”
Congressman Harris released the following statement after the mark-up. “Commercial fishing and seafood processing are prominent industries in Maryland’s First District. The fishing community has expressed concern that US Wind’s proposed offshore windfarm project will harm their fishing operations off the coast of Ocean City.
“My amendment orders NOAA to study the effects of offshore windfarm construction and operation on marine wildlife as well as the need for any mitigation measures.
“In addition to the several concerns already voiced by the local communities, the US Coast Guard and the National Park Service, it is imperative that we fully understand the negative effects on our fisheries that will be caused by this windfarm project.”
US Wind is an offshore wind developer in the US with offshore wind leases in Maryland and New Jersey.