My name is Suzanne Albright, and I live along the shore of Lake Ontario. I have a strong commitment to protecting the health of the Great Lakes, and therefor have questions and concerns regarding the LEEDCO proposal to construct industrial wind turbines in Lake Erie off the shore of Cleveland.
1.Are the bottomlands of the lakes not protected from industrialization by the Public Trust Doctrine?
2.Has a full review in the form of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) been conducted? If so, by whom?
3.Does the federal government have authority to refuse to grant the right to construct an offshore wind project based on the results of a site specific environmental review?
4.Does the federal government (NEPA) have the authority and the right to override the decisions made by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency?
5.Where does NEPA stand on the issue of construction industrial wind turbines throughout the Great Lakes, including excavation of the bottomlands, potential pollution of the water (oil spills, turbine blade and tower fires and collapses, transmission lines , etc)?
There is some degree of urgency regarding this issue, since samples of the lake bottom are already occurring. I greatly appreciate any information you are willing to provide.