Now’s your chance to learn more about a proposed wave energy project off Gardiner and comment about it to federal regulators.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received a water permit application from the developers and the agency has opened a 30-day comment period. The deadline is March 10.
Reedsport OPT Wave Park has proposed constructing a 10-buoy array, with an underwater substation pod and transmission cable. Each buoy will have a 36-foot diameter, placed about 330 feet apart. They all would have about 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid, but spills are unlikely because of a double containment system.
OPT also will have a spill control and counter measure response plan.
Comments can be mailed to Merina Christoffersen, 1600 Executive Parkway, Suite 210, Eugene, OR, 97401-2156; e-mailed to email@example.com, or faxed to (503) 229-6957.
The Army Corps will use comments to determine whether to hold a public hearing as well as whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit.
For more information, call (503) 229-6030 or toll free within Oregon at (800) 452-4011. A video demonstration of the project is available at the OPT Web site, www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/tech.htm