Lincoln County calls for slower going of offshore wind energy projects pushed by the federal government
Lincoln County Board of Commissioners
225 West Olive Street, Room 110
Newport, OR 97365
BEFORE THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
FOR THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN, OREGON
Making recommendations to the the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), regarding offshore wind energy.
Whereas Lincoln County recognizes that offshore wind energy has potential in our state and nation’s clean energy portfolio and to help reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
Whereas Lincoln County values its commercial and recreational fishing fleets for both their economic and cultural contributions to the county and to the state. Cities, the county, ports, and private businesses have made significant contributions to commercial fishing infrastructure to help retain our commercial and recreational fishing businesses.
Whereas Lincoln County values ocean resources and the marine environment including the pursuit of academic research to better understand and manage our ocean and coastal resources.
Whereas Lincoln County believes certain steps should be taken to ensure that existing ocean uses, stakeholders, and the marine environment are protected in development of potential
offshore wind resources.
Whereas Lincoln County has the following recommendations for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).
1. A comprehensive marine spatial planning exercise should be required before any ocean space is put forward for potential lease. This process would be a robust, scientifically driven process that includes the commercial fishing industry, recreational fishing community, coastal communities of place, Tribes, the environmental community, other ocean users, and relevant stakeholders.
2. Move call areas outside of major commercial fishing areas. Logbook and other datashows that moving outside of 1,300 meters will avoid the majority of fishing activity.
3. Invest in better data sets to understand potential impacts of the marine environment. There is still important questions that need to be understood, such as impacts to already endangered marine birds, marine mammals, and other important species. In the meantime, enact a moratorium on developing large scale projects until the impacts can be better understood.