Oct 12, 2011 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Oregon environmental regulators today proposed approving a New Jersey company's plan to put 10 wave energy buoys off the central Oregon coast .
The Department of Environmental Quality has concluded that Ocean Power Technologies' project near Reedsport and Gardiner will comply with Oregon's water quality standards and not harm ocean life.
Ocean Power Technologies wants to deploy its first wave energy test buoy 2 1/2 miles off the coast by mid-2012.
The company expects to follow that buoy with nine others, eventually creating the country's first commercial wave energy park.
The project would cover 30 acres with a maximum output of 1.5 megawatts, enough to power about 1,500 homes.
DEQ's proposed water quality certification for Reedsport OPT Wave Park, LLC, would require the company to monitor water quality and environmental effects to verify compliance.
For example, the company must monitor for turbidity -- muddy water -- during installation of wave energy converters and a 2.8-mile buried transmission cable.
Other DEQ concerns include electromagnetic fields that cou! ld disrupt whale migrations or disorient salmon, and shoreline erosion if the buoys alter ocean currents.
The initial buoy is being built in Clackamas at Oregon Iron Works, with additional work by Vigor Industrial in Portland and an American Bridge Manufacturing plant in Reedsport. The buoy is about a 140 feet long and 40 feet wide, with a 30-foot float rising out of the water.
Critics, including some crabbers and fishermen, worry that the project, with 12 miles of mooring line, could interfering with fishing and potentially harm ocean life.
The company is also seeking approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Both agencies require DEQ approval before the project can go forward.
DEQ is accepting comments on its draft water quality certifications through Nov. 14. It will hold a public hearing on the project Oct. 25 at Reedsport City Hall.
-- Scott Learn
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Don't worry fisherfolks, that piece of junk well never hit the water. OPTT is just a GREEN WIDGET SCAM designed to suck in mug investors and dumb gummints. Just check their history. All promises and no delivery. That piece of scrap iron would be lucky to survive 6 months before it crapped out. Also, as anyone that lives on the coast can tell you, waves are highly intermittent. Too big one day, too small the next. The whole idea is TOTAL *OLLOCKS!!
Google Suncube Fiasco for a similar scam featuring a SOLAR WIDGET instead of a WAVE WIDGET.