Community Rejects Request for Soil Testing Needed for Infrastructure Associated with Proposed Nearby Offshore Wind Project

By B.N. Frank

Earlier this month a joint study conducted by the feds and the fishing industry revealed that offshore wind activities negatively impact fish and other marine life.  Of course, there is other research that has indicated this as well.  Additionally, environmental groups, legislators, and residents want offshore wind activities to stop at least temporarily because dead whales and dolphins keep washing up on East Coast beaches (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).  Nevertheless, the Biden administration as well as other offshore wind proponents and businesses aren’t interested in slowing down construction; however, they are running into resistance including in Falmouth, MA where resident opposition led to wind turbines on land being demolished in 2022.


Falmouth Town Meeting rejects Article 15

The citizen’s article asked Town Meeting to support soil testing on town land for possible cable landing sites associated with the cable landing necessary for the SouthCoast offshore wind energy project south of Martha’s Vineyard.

Town Meeting members signaled their opposition to playing host to a major offshore wind farm development that could lead to unforeseen and unwanted consequences.

The developer of the proposed offshore wind farm, according to Select Board Chair Nancy Taylor and Select Board member Doug Brown, SouthCoast Wind has not been good partners in working with the town.

The floor discussion included many references to similarities between this project and Falmouth’s previous land-based wind energy folly.

Town Meeting member Jed Goldstone urged Town Meeting to support the article stating that this article was only about collecting “a little more data“. But Member Judy Fenwick captured it best telling Town Meeting that only a few more soil samples was “the snout under the tent“. A metaphor for a situation where the permitting of a small, seemingly innocuous act will open the door for larger, clearly undesirable actions.

Well done Town Meeting! People can, & do learn from earlier mistakes!

Source:  Mark Cool, April 11, 2023,

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