New Jersey Fishermen Question Van Drew & Orsted Wind Turbine Plan

South Jersey’s economy is dependent on fishing and outdoor recreation. Is Van Drew fully aware of how this offshore wind project can destroy NJ’s #2 industry?

U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew got an earful from local fishing and tourism industries. Fear NJ’s plan for risky offshore wind energy projects. Van Drew supports offshore wind, a major part of Gov Murphy’s new green deal for NJ.

NJ Rep Jeff Van Drew heard testimony from local officials, and fishing / tourism industry reps. Fishing industry feels they’re being kept in the dark. They demand a seat at the table to discuss harmful impact of offshore wind turbines.

“Offshore wind development poses a serious threat to our sustainable fisheries”

Proposed area for the wind turbines in direct path of commercial fishing areas and may affect the unique environment the local fishing industry depends on.

Shep on Fishing’s Mike Shepherd and Robin Scott discussed the controversial wind farm project with NJ State Senator, Chris Brown.

Offshore New Jersey wind farms: are we jumping into it with limited research?

Senator Brown: What is cost to taxpayers? Project could force a rate increase. Listen below to clips from SHEP ON FISHING Podcast 1400am WOND 3.30.19

Senator Brown Talks Wind Turbines

Margate’s Robin Scott finds this disturbing: only the wind utility companies are providing (biased) information and research.

Opponents compare NJ Gov Murphy’s wind energy project to the Solyndra scandal a few years ago.

Lack of communication between Orsted officials and local fishing industry. Van Drew asked audience if they felt properly informed. Majority said no.

Why is public in the dark? Not enough balanced coverage by South Jersey newspaper and radio. Orsted, and other NJ green projects supported by liberal journalists. SJW’s burying facts?

Congressman Jeff Van Drew, a South Jersey Democrat, supports the risky Atlantic City wind project. Local electric ratepayers would be forced to subsidize. Atlantic City area taxpayers would have to financially support this project too.

Ocean Wind LLC, which owns Orsted, is a Danish power company. Orsted won approval from the state Board of Public Utilities to build a offshore wind facility just off the coast of Atlantic City.

NJ Board of Public Utilities gave offshore wind contract to Orsted’s Ocean Wind Project. The single largest award for offshore wind in the US.

Offshore South Jersey windfarm could be operational by 2024…. BUT…that depends on results of mandated Federal impact studies being conducted now. Lack of taxpayer funding and other subsidies could also disrupt the controversial wind turbine project.

Years back, NJ Gov Christie stalled the project by refusing to provide taxpayer subsidy. ‘If windmills can’t make it on the free market, then we don’t need them.’

Fishermen have noticed flounder & cod avoiding underground power cables at a wind farm off Denmark.

Wind power operators: ‘we won’t fully understand impact to fishing until wind farms are built.’

Fishermen should have been brought into the planning process from the start, Peter Hughes, of Atlantic Cape Fisheries, told U.S. House members from New Jersey.

Oyster Creek substations and power lines already in place. But installation of ORSTED undersea cable will be a major project, fraught with unknown risk.

NY & NJ awarded billions in contracts to European energy giants, Equinor of Norway and Orsted of Denmark. What about local employment? So far, South Jersey getting much less than promised. Most jobs already filled by outsiders.

‘NJ Gov. Phil Murphy focused on killing oil and gas industries.’ Murphy wants 100% green energy for NJ by 2050.

Offshore wind turbines. Developers facing skeptics about cost, views and impact on fishing and birds.

Orsted not only building massive wind turbine forest off the New Jersey coast, the Denmark based company plans at least one offshore platform to help limit energy loss from the 100+ miles of undersea cable they’ll need to install. This offshore platform would be a ‘reactive compensation station’. At lease one will be needed. Maybe more. They’d be located much closer to Jersey shoreline.

ORSTED spokesperson admitted: there’s need for ‘reactive compensation’ for undersea, export power cables. Offshore substations collect power generated from wind farm, and converts it to high voltage. Purpose of RCS: compensate for reactive power generated in wind farm power system. Reactive power is unused power inside the transmission line.

Offshore New Jersey wind turbines could be more than 850 feet tall.

Foreign wind companies like Orsted claim that fishing will still be allowed in the offshore wind turbine fields. Many Jersey fishermen not going to risk dangerous conditions.

Longtime fishermen forming coalitions to help protect their livelihood. Commercial fishermen chief concern: wind turbines’ impact on region’s vital squid fishery. Vibration from wind turbines could affect squid. Negative, environmental impact from offshore wind turbines could interrupt their traditional spawning grounds. The potential to lose the whole inshore squid fishery. Wind Turbines harmful impact on New Jersey commercial fishing and tourism industries.

Orsted wind project along the New Jersey coast will cost approx $3 billion to build

Offshore wind farm opponents warning public about cost overruns, questionable ROI, obstructed views, and how the 800+ ft wind turbines will impact fishing and wildlife.

Potential impact on Jersey shore economy.

South Jersey is second after Bedford, Mass, in terms of value of seafood brought ashore each year.

The ACUA wind farm. It cost $12 million to build five windmills on dry land — versus $200 million to build five in the ocean.

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