Block Island Wind Farm Takes Steps to Protect Whales

North Atlantic Right Whale, NOAA photo.

Deepwater Wind and the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) have announced an agreement that will help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales during the construction of the Block Island Wind Farm.

After extensive discussions with CLF, Deepwater Wind agreed to voluntarily adjust its planned construction period to minimize potential impacts to migrating North Atlantic right whales, which feed in Rhode Island Sound during April.

Deepwater Wind has agreed that no pile driving will occur before May 1 of the project’s construction year. The company had planned to begin the pile driving necessary to secure its wind farm to the ocean in April of 2014 or 2015.

“Deepwater Wind’s robust engagement on the issue of right whale protection is a model for the industry,” said Tricia K. Jedele, Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation’s Rhode Island office. “Deepwater Wind has worked diligently to try to understand the key issues for the project area and because we share a common interest in advancing renewable energy in Rhode Island, we have been motivated to work together to develop solutions that keep us moving forward.”

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