Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Lost In The Mail Or Inadvertently Mailed To Jeff Epstein? -- August 27, 2019

Re-posting this entire earlier post -- if this doesn't ...

How long did it take Ted Kennedy to notify the Massachusetts authorities?

Anyway, here's the entire earlier post re-posted:

Later, 7:51 p.m. Central Time: a reader sent me this note earlier this afternoon but this was as soon as I was able to get back on line -- the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protetion (MassDEPA) over-ruled Edgartown. MassDEPA says "lay the cable." Edgartown will appeal the decision. And then look at this sh*t:
Edgartown conservation agent Jane Varkonda told The Times Edgartown didn’t receive the August 5 superseding order of conditions from the commonwealth in a timely manner. Varkonda said she learned by happenstance the decision had been made during a conversation with a state official. Upon learning Edgartown was without the decision, the official sent it.
“He sent it to me on Friday [August 16], and the last day to appeal was Monday the 19th,” she said. 

Varkonda said town counsel was able to pull together the appeal in time. “It was a scramble to say the least,” she said. 
Reynolds, Rappaport, Kaplan and Hackney director Michael Goldsmith, who drafted the appeal, declined to speculate on why the order didn’t initially get to Edgartown. 
Varkonda said it’s plausible it was lost in the mail.
Comment: my hunch -- the MassDEPA letter was accidentally addressed to Jeff Epstein.
Later, 2:48 p.m. Central Time: from a reader who knows and follows this much more closely than I do -- minimally edited --
There are several more "happenings" related to that offshore wind project near Martha's Vineyard. Basically, it's dead, Fred.

Opposition was growing this spring from commercial fishing groups.

Then, the Gloucester office of the NOAA (?) fisheries division released a report saying the important draft EIS (draft Environmental Impact Statement) was inadequate.

Although the BOEM is the lead permitting agency, the Coast Guard, NOAA, and the EPA all refused to sign off on a required evaluation saying they were satisfied with the project's overall impacts.

In early July, BOEM kinda rocked the entire offshore wind industry when it announced that a comprehensive analysis would be undertaken to assess how ALL these several offshore wind farms might effect the East Coast maritime universe.

Vineyard Wind is only a few weeks away from probably announcing that it is aborting/suspending its project as they will lose their needed tax credits if construction does not start prior to this coming December 31, 2019 deadline.

If you google "New York City gas shortage", you may see some amusing/puzzling reports of how local politicians are excoriating the local utility - National Grid - for not providing the much needed natgas to New Yorkers.
Had the reader not add this last line, I would have:
You just can't make this stuff up.
Original Post 

Martha's Vineyard to be underwater in less than ten years due to rising seas / global warming.

President Obama to buy oceanfront property for $15 million on Martha's Vineyard. I assume his daughters are aghast.

That wind farm off Martha's Vineyard?

February 28, 2019:
May 9, 2019:
  • Massachusetts permitting update here. Permit granted.
July 14, 2019:
  • Just kidding, never mind. Key cable permit denied. Why is this not surprising. Edgartown, on Martha's Vineyard (island) says "no" to  the necessary undersea cable. Why does this not surprise me. 
Connecting Dots

Black Water: July 19, 1969.

Quick: name the major NASA event just one day later, July 20, 1969.

One of the most enjoyable books I ever read was Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates.  I generally don't care for fiction but this one I enjoyed. Again, of course, it may not have been fiction.

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