FERC ISSUES LICENSE TO ADMIRALTY INLET PILOT TIDAL TURBINE PROJECT

This is incredibly unfortunate, especially when you consider by the PUD’s own estimate, these tidal turbines will emit 180dBs of sound in critical habitat of a dozen endangered species, including southern resident orcas. 180dBs — and the established pain threshold for orcas is 135dBs. ~S.

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ORDER ISSUING PILOT PROJECT LICENSE

(Issued March 20, 2014)

Below are dates and names of the organizations and tribes who submitted comments which are public record with FERC.

April 23, 2012, the Commission issued a public notice that was published in the Federal Register accepting the application, indicating the application was ready for environmental analysis, and soliciting motions to intervene and protests, comments, terms and conditions, recommendations and prescriptions.

Comments from:

1.The Washington State Department of Ecology (Washington Ecology)

2. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (Washington Fish and Wildlife)

3. Washington State Department of Natural Resources (Washington Natural Resources)

4. United States Department of Interior (Interior)

5. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

6. The Tulalip Tribes of Washington

7. Whidbey Environmental Action Network

8. Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

9. PC Landing Corp. (PC Landing)

10. Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

11. Orca Conservancy

12. Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

13. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

14. GCI Communication Corporation

15. Point No Point Treaty Council (Treaty Council)

16. U.S. Navy

17. Naval Facilities Engineering Command

On January 15, 2013, Commission staff issued a draft Environmental Assessment (EA), analyzing the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project and alternatives to it.

Comments from:

1. Washington Fish and Wildlife

2. North American Submarine Cable Association

3. Snohomish PUD

4. Whidbey Environmental Action Network

5. PC Landing

6. Suquamish Tribe

7. Washington Natural Resources

8. Treaty Council

9. National Park Service

10. Tulalip Tribes

11. Washington State Ferries

12. Orca Conservancy

13. United States Environmental Protection Agency

14. Congressmen Ed Whitfield

15. Greg Walden

16. Pacific Whale Watch Association

On August 9, 2013, Commission staff issued a final EA.

Comments from:

1. The Pacific Whale Watch Association,

2. Orca Conservancy

3. PC Landing

http://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/comm-meet/2014/032014/H-1.pdf

About orcaconservancy

Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working on behalf of orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends. Successful Petitioner and Litigant in historic U.S. District Court case to list Southern Resident orcas as "Endangered" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act -- the first-ever federal protection for the population. Leader in the Springer Project, the first-ever successful translocation and reintroduction of a wild killer whale, a rescue that captured the attention of the world.
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