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  • mnneemakr1 mnneemakr1 Oct 13, 2011 12:43 AM Flag

    Oregon proproses approval of OPTT

    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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