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USACE seeks comments on proposed Eversource Energy work in Vineyard Sound

Published July 26, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from NSTAR Electric Company doing business as Eversource Energy for proposed work in Vineyard Sound between Surf Drive in Falmouth, Mass., and Eastville Avenue in Oak Bluffs, Mass.

The proposed work involves the construction of a 6.27-mile electrical transmission cable across Vineyard Sound. The cable will landfall off Surf Drive and off Eastville Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Approximately 29,860 linear feet (5.66 miles) of cable will be installed via trenchless jetplow and 3,253 feet (0.62 miles) of cable will be installed via horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Jetplow installation will bury the cable 6 to 10 feet below the seabed while HDD installation will bury the cable 60 to 80 feet below the seabed.

USACE is soliciting comments from members of the public; federal, state and local agencies; American Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. The public notice with more detailed information is available for review on the District website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices, file # NAE-2023- 00973.

Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than Aug. 25, 2023, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Christine Jacek, Regulatory Division, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742 or by email to Christine.M.Jacek@usace.army.mil. Please reference file # NAE-2023-00973.

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Bryan Purtell

Release no. 23-024