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DNREC Joint Permitting Hearing: US Wind Project

Date and Time:
Tuesday, July 9, 2024
6:00 pm

Location:
A Virtual Hearing
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, Delaware
Details:

The DNREC Division of Water and Division of Watershed Stewardship will conduct a joint public hearing (Docket #2024-P-MULTI-0007) to consider comments on permit requests related to an offshore wind project located offshore of the state of Maryland. Public comment period open through Sept. 9, 2024.

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Public Hearing Officer

Lisa Vest
DNREC Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Submit a Comment

US Wind, Inc., proposes to develop a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project in the Lease Area known as Lease OCS–A 0490 offshore of Maryland (“proposed project”). The proposed project is comprised of up to 121 wind turbine generators, up to four offshore substations, up to four offshore/onshore export cables, and one meteorological tower, in a gridded array pattern distributed across the Lease Area.

Portions of the proposed export cables are located under state-regulated wetlands and subaqueous lands in the Atlantic Ocean within Delaware state waters and the Indian River Bay. The offshore/onshore export cables are proposed to land at 3R’s Beach near the parking lot and potential dune environments and to interconnect into a proposed substation to be constructed on tax parcel 233-2.00-2.01 adjacent to the Indian River Power Plant in Sussex County, Delaware.

The proposed project will require the following permits/authorizations from DNREC for the proposed installation of cable ducts and offshore/onshore export cables using horizontal direction drilling, dredging and trenching, and for the proposed construction of a transition vault using horizontal directional drilling:

Division of Water

Subaqueous Lands Permit/Lease

The proposed project impacting state-regulated subaqueous lands (starting at the 3 mile jurisdictional line) is comprised of up to four transmission cables and will terminate into a proposed substation to be constructed on tax parcel 233-2.00-2.01 adjacent to the Indian River Power Plant in Sussex County, Delaware. Additionally, the applicant proposes to conduct dredging to facilitate construction of the offshore wind project and associated infrastructure in the Indian River, Sussex County, DE.

Wetlands Permit

The applicant proposes to temporarily place a pipeline associated with the proposed dredging activities across state-regulated tidal wetlands, to transport dredge material to an upland confined disposal facility adjacent to the Indian River, Sussex County, DE.

Water Quality Certification

Water Quality Certification is required for the dredging associated with the United States Army Corps of Engineers permitting for the construction of the proposed offshore wind project and associated infrastructure. The applicant requests a Section §401 Water Quality Certification. Approval is being requested to conduct dredging within the Indian River, Sussex County, DE.

For more information on how you can inspect a physical copy of these documents, please contact Matt Jones via email at matthew.jones@delaware.gov or via phone at 302-739-9385.

Division of Watershed Stewardship

Beach Preservation Coastal Construction Permit

The applicant seeks authority under the Beach Preservation Act to utilize directional drilling for the installation of export cables and to construct four transition vaults in the 3R’s parking lot in Delaware Seashore State Park, Sussex County.

For information on how you can inspect a physical copy of this application, please contact Jennifer Pongratz via email at jennifer.pongratz@delaware.gov or via phone at 302-608-5502.

The Department will accept public comment through Sept. 9, 2024. Comments will be accepted in written form via email to DNRECHearingComments@delaware.gov, using the online form at de.gov/dnreccomments, or by U.S. mail to the address on this page.

Documents for Review

US Wind Application Narrative

Division of Water

Water Quality Certification

Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands

Division of Watershed Stewardship

Coastal Construction

DNREC Exhibits

Division of Water

Exhibit 1: State Law (7 Del.C. Chapter 60, 7 Del.C. Chapter 66 and 7 Del.C. Chapter 72) and State Regulations (Regulations Governing the Use of Subaqueous Lands, Wetlands Regulations, Surface Water Quality Standards and Regulations Governing the Control of Water Pollution)

Exhibit 2: Federal Code-Title 40, Chapter 1, Subchapter D, Part 121, Subpart A, §121.5.

Exhibit 3: 2024 US Wind Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Permit Applications and all supporting documentation as listed under “Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands” on the hearing website. (This Page)

Exhibit 4: 2024 DNREC US Wind Water Quality Certification Request and all supporting documentation as listed under “Water Quality Certification” on the hearing website. (This Page)

Exhibit 5: Public Notice of the Receipt of Application, Publication Information Session on June 5, 2024, and Publication of the Hearing on July 9, 2024, as published in the Delaware State News and in the News Journal on April 28, 2024, and in the Cape Gazette on April 30, 2024, and as posted on the DNREC web site.

Exhibit 6: Notice of the DNREC Public Hearing scheduled for July 9, 2024, as published on the State of Delaware Public Meeting Calendar.

Exhibit 7: DNREC News Release: DNREC to Hold Virtual Joint Public Hearing July 9 on Proposed Offshore Wind Project, dated July 3, 2024

Exhibit 8: Division of Water Presentation

Division of Watershed Stewardship

Exhibit 1: The Beach Preservation Act (7 Del.C. Chapter 68)

Exhibit 2: The Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches (7 DE Admin. Code 5102)

Exhibit 3: Coastal Construction Permit Application

Exhibit 4: US Wind Narrative

Exhibit 5: Public Notice of the Receipt of Application, Publication Information Session on June 5, 2024, and Publication of the Hearing on July 9, 2024, as published in the Delaware State News and in the News Journal on April 28, 2024, and in the Cape Gazette on April 30, 2024, and as posted on the DNREC web site.

Exhibit 6: Notice of the DNREC Public Hearing scheduled for July 9, 2024, as published on the State of Delaware Public Meeting Calendar.

Exhibit 7: DNREC News Release: DNREC to Hold Virtual Joint Public Hearing July 9 on Proposed Offshore Wind Project, dated July 3, 2024

Exhibit 8: Division of Watershed Stewardship Presentation

Applicant’s Exhibits

Exhibit 1: US Wind Posters

Related Information

DNREC Public Notice (April 28, 2024)

US Wind Project Information Page

US Wind Project Public Information Session (June 5, 2024)

Information Session Display Boards

State Public Meeting Calendar Notice (June 9, 2024)

News Release: DNREC to Hold Virtual Joint Public Hearing July 9 on Proposed Offshore Wind Project

Public Comments

Kathleen Stoessel (May 4, 2024)

Roderick Gowen (May 11, 2024)

Albert Simpson (May 15, 2024)

Karen Ironside (May 15, 2024)

Karen Leddy (May 16, 2024)

Megan Bhagwandeen (May 17, 2024)

Maryanne (May 17, 2024)

Robert Cuddeback (May 18, 2024)

Margaret Evans (May 20, 2024)

Donald Steel (May 22, 2024)

Cheryl Brenner (May 22, 2024)

Timothy Caspar (May 23, 2024)

Kevin Register (May 24, 2024)

James Bew (May 25, 2024)

Peter Keeble (May 27, 2024)

Brian Kucharski (May 27, 2024)

Judy Zoeller Hartzell (May 28, 2024)

Debbie Conroy (May 28, 2024)

Michele DeMusis (May 29, 2024)

Denise Folliard (May 29, 2024)

Joan Bowen (May 29, 2024)

Jody Perry (May 29, 2024)

Dawn Postiglione (May 29, 2024)

Diane Sides (June 2, 2024)

Veronica Rogers (June 3, 2024)

John Kerlish (June 3, 2024)

Dawn Stewart (June 3, 2024)

Holly Kirkland (June 4, 2024)

Natalie Magdeburger, Mayor, Town of Fenwick Island (June 5, 2024)
Attachment

David Stevenson, Caesar Rodney Institute (June 5, 2024)
Attachment

Timothy (June 5, 2024)

Chris Childers (June 5, 2024)

Carolyn D (June 5, 2024)

Ria Malinak (June 5, 2024)

Linda Rubeor (June 5, 2024)

Katharine Weiskittel (June 5, 2024)

Roger Wooleyhand (June 5, 2024)
Attachment

Jamarr Savage (June 5, 2024)

Michael Connor (June 6, 2024)

Elexis Damianos (June 6, 2024)

Marcus Reamer (June 7, 2024)
Attachment

Brian Shirey (June 7, 2024)

Maria Malley (June 7, 2024)

Patrick Lynch (June 10, 2024)

Barbara Perricone (June 10, 2024)

Chrissy Jones (June 10, 2024)

Rick Preston (June 10, 2024)

Mr. Jensen (June 10, 2024)

Jeff (June 11, 2024)

Georgia and Brent Buckles (June 11, 2024)

Dan McBride (June 11, 2024)

Nancy Doyle (June 15, 2024)

Susan Nolan (June 17, 2024)

Maria McCutcheon (June 20, 2024)
Attachment

Brian Kucharski (June 22, 2024)

Michael Conway (June 22, 2024)

Patrick Groves (June 22, 2024)

Jason Russell (June 22, 2024)

Clifton Cornelison (June 22, 2024)

Leon Anderson (June 22, 2024)

Jon Russell (June 22, 2024)

Anthony Bogush (June 22, 2024)

Ken Persing (June 22, 2024)

Charles Moorehead (June 22, 2024)

Henry McCauley (June 22, 2024)

John Pritchard (June 23, 2024)

David Jones (June 23, 2024)

Cheryl Ellis (June 23, 2024)

Bruce Milligan (June 23, 2024)

Jon Russell (June 24, 2024)

Patrick Blades (June 25, 2024)

Jim Nickels (June 25, 2024)

Carleen Czajkowski (June 25, 2024)

Andrew Littleton (June 25, 2024)

Jody Perry (June 26, 2024)

Tamra Peroni (June 26, 2024)

Richard Vanni (June 26, 2024)

Charles Veirs (June 26, 2024)

Cindy Berger (June 28, 2024)

Peter Kleppinger McLean (June 29, 2024)

Nancy Hannigan (June 29, 2024)

Matt (June 30, 2024)

Jo Pearson (July 3, 2024)

Ellen Johnson (July 3, 2024)

Car Kinney (July 3, 2024)

Lauren Vrooman (July 5, 2024)

Jody Perry (July 5, 2024)

Karen Ironside (July 5, 2024)

Shana Hendrickson (July 5, 2024)

Peggy Baker (July 5, 2024)

Kimberly Grimes (July 5, 2024)

Georgette Greason (July 5, 2024)

Catherine Chatelain (July 5, 2024)

Barbara Katz (July 5, 2024)

Cynthia Simeone (July 6, 2024)

Kathleen Davidson (July 6, 2024)

John and Elizabeth Kramarck (July 6, 2024)

Thomas Abel (July 7, 2024)

Steve Cook (July 7, 2024)

Mary Cimo (July 7, 2024)

Teresa Blair (July 8, 2024)

Steven Miles, Advocates for Safer Shores & Communities (July 8, 2024)
Attachment

Jody Hartzell (July 8, 2024)

Charles Carroll (July 8, 2024)

Albert Sweeney (July 8, 2024)

John OSW Marks, Protect Our Coast – DE (July 9, 2024, 1:18 a.m.)
Attachment

John OSW Marks, Protect Our Coast – DE (July 9, 2024, 11:33 p.m.)
Attachment

Steve Romito (July 9, 2024)

Stephanie Cromwell (July 9, 2024)

Seth Hamed, Cotton Patch Hills HOA (July 9, 2024)

Robert Anton (July 9, 2024)

Rick Kinnikin (July 9, 2024)

Patricia Sigler (July 9, 2024)

Nancy Millar (July 9, 2024)

Joseph Hamed, Cotton Patch Hills HOA / Beach Cove Marina (July 9, 2024)

Donna Hitchner, Methodist Action Program (July 9, 2024)

Connie Norman (July 9, 2024)

Chris Connolly (July 9, 2024)

Brice Layton (July 9, 2024)

Bill McMurray (July 9, 2024)

Ann Burruss (July 9, 2024)

David Dempsey (July 10, 2024)
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Simca Chiappetta (July 10, 2024)

Mark Ward (July 10, 2024)

Judy Pinsdorf (July 10, 2024)

Johanna Owsiany (July 10, 2024)

Terence Crumlish (July 11, 2024)

Lauri Brown (July 11, 2024)

Garret and Jane King (July 11, 2024)

Austin Gray (July 11, 2024)

Angelica Riemann (July 11, 2024)

Alan Greenglass (July 11, 2024)

Kristin Williams (July 12, 2024)

Meg Smith (July 12, 2024)

Bernard Pankowski (July 13, 2024)

Patricia Savage (July 13, 2024)

Robert Palumbo (July 14, 2024)

Katie Smith (July 14, 2024)

Gary Smith (July 14, 2024)

Gabrielle Smith (July 14, 2024)




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