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Massachusetts Another Renewable Energy Failure

Massachusetts Renewable Energy Failures
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Failures
New Bedford Marine Commerce Ocean Terminal Another "Big Dig"

On October 20,2010 Governor Deval Patrick announced the building of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. The projected cost of the project was 35 million dollars. The project is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Many ask if this is another in a long string of failed renewable energy projects in Massachusetts. Evergreen Solar tops the list in 100 million dollar losses to Massachusetts taxpayers.

A commerce terminal has already been built in the last three years at a World War II military base at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The cranes were built with the help of a federal Tiger grant of 22.3 million dollars. The Quonset Point project will start the Deep Water wind project as well as the Cape Wind project. This entertains the thought of why the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is building a commercial ocean wind turbine port in New Bedford when a port is already built a short distance away in Rhode Island.

The New Bedford port ocean proposal has 35 feet of ledge, PCBs,underground fuel tanks and a factory crushed into the land fill complete with asbestos. The projected cost three years ago was 35 million today 100 million and things don't look good going into 2014. Local residents have voiced concerns about transparency about risks from contaminants in the area of the project.

Cape Wind, which is estimated to cost more than 4 billion may not qualify for the federal investment tax credit for offshore wind projects as its plans are old and the turbines they plan to use by today's standards are old gear box driven antiques.The project faces five ongoing lawsuits.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is undertaking the management of the development of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal.The Director of Offshore Wind Sector Development for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is Bill White.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will host an informational meeting about the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 4 PM to 5:30 PM. The news is not expected to be good news. The costs of the project and new completion dates are expected to be announced. Questions are already being asked of how they can put "lipstick on a pig" and the project costs are already estimated to double the 100 million dollar estimate which is six times the estimate back in 2010. The next meeting will be tucked away at the Alfred J. Gomes Elementary School, Forum Room 286 So. Second St. 02740 New Bedford, MA

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center looks like the new "Big Dig" contractors. Massachusetts officials have known all along that state projects like the "Big Dig" which started out at 3 billion usually come in 6 to 7 times there projected cost. The "Big Dig" finished at 15 billion.
  http://www.topix.com/forum/state/ma/T1M50A3AE8ICO8LHT
Paul Shaw December 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Governor Patrick 35 million quote from 2010 : By Kyle Cheney/Statehouse News Service GateHouse News Service Posted Oct 20, 2010 @ 01:26 PM Boston — Gov. Deval Patrick is preparing to announce that a New Bedford port has been selected by Cape Wind as the staging area for its project, a decision the administration says will cost taxpayers about $35 million but also lead to hundreds of construction jobs for the coastal city and provide a platform for other offshore developments. Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/archive/x1665089671/Choice-of-New-Bedford-Cape-Wind-staging-area-called-big-win-cash-drain#ixzz2oVZ5pqKK Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial Follow us: @metrowestdaily on Twitter | MetroWestDailyNews on Facebook
Paul Shaw December 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Taxpayers can expect this project to top 200 million and guess what ? Your paying for it !
Paul Shaw December 27, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report Former Standard Times Field Lot 55, New Bedford, Massachusetts January 2006 L2006-034 14 There were no records of property use or any indication of permanent structures on the site from 1930s to present. However, in 1930 the property was used by United States Army Corps of Engineers as a staging area for construction of a nearby hurricane barricade. 5.2.4 Storage Tanks TRC did not observe storage tanks on site. However, as described in Section 4.4, the site was formerly occupied by a portion of the Acushnet Mill Corporation facility. According to the Acushnet Mill Corporation survey maps a 150,000 gallon fuel oil UST was located on site. The location off this UST was investigated by M&E via geophysical techniques and test pitting. TRC attempted to review New Bedford Fire Department records pertaining to the site; however, the fire department records could not be accessed on the date municipal files were sought for review. 8.0 CONCLUSIONS TRC performed a Phase I ESA in conformance with the scope and limitations ASTM Practice E 1527-00 on behalf of the City of New Bedford Department of Environmental Stewardship for Lot 9G, a portion of the Former Standard Times Field Property in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Any exceptions to, or deletions from, this practice are described in Section 1.3.4 of this report. This assessment revealed the following REC in relation to the site: • A June 1920 Acushnet Mills map prepared for the Plan Department of the Associated Mutual Insurance Companies indicates that a 150,000-gallon fuel oil UST was formerly located on the subject site. TRC’s determination was based on a scaled overlay of the aforementioned 1920 Acushnet Mills map over a current City of New Bedford land parcel map. In addition, the site of a former 550-gallon gasoline UST associated with the former mills is located approximately 30 feet west (upgradient) of the subject site. Also, the site of two 7,000-gallon fuel oil USTs that served the former mill is located approximately 50 feet to the east (downgradient) of the subject site. http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/Environmental/L2006-034new.pdf
Paul Shaw December 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Where underground fuel tanks, asbestos, coal tar residue and PCBs ever found at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal ? SDMS DOC ID 523806 http://www.epa.gov/region1/superfund/sites/newbedford/523806.pdf New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal7/25/2012 Fnhaggerty to: Group South-Terminal-Draft-Comments 07/25/2012 07:03AM
Paul Shaw December 29, 2013 at 07:51 PM
The South Terminal ocean wind project started as a 35 million dollar project announced by Gov Patrick on October 20,2010. The project quickly jumped to a 100 million dollar project during 2013. State projects have a history of morphing into 6 to 7 times the original price. One example was the Big Dig in Boston. There is no reason to believe the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal won't jump in price. Many believe the announcement will be made Jan 7 at a local meeting on the progress of the ocean wind turbine port. There is an area of the South Terminal port construction called the Standard Times Field where an old mill, underground tanks as large as 150,000 gallons may be located . A local environmental group has brought attention to PCBs in the water around the South Terminal . The water at one time was described as the most toxic water in the world. The question now for Massachusetts officials is they claim the ocean wind turbine port will help clean the environment of fossil fuel and carbon but are leaving a toxic mess buried at the South Terminal along with high concentrations of PCBs in the water. These renewable energy projects in Massachusetts are also a lot to do with creating jobs so why not clean up the toxins at the South Terminal project ? The project has a time line and a budget is this why the toxins are being overlooked ? Why doesn't the news media present the negatives in these commercial wind projects ? Is the ocean wind project under bid ? Do they need more money ? What happened to the old mill and underground tanks ? What about the PCBs in the South Terminal ? Did the New Bedford Standard Times own some of the ocean wind port property at one time ? Marine contractors do what they do and " if " the offshore market does not develop who is paying for the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal ??

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