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More dead whales washing up ashore as federal agencies deny connection to offshore wind development
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Biden admin scientist warned about offshore wind’s impact on whales last year.
FOX Business correspondent Madison Alworth shares the latest on a Biden administration memo warning of potential harm to whales by offshore wind projects on ‘The Big Money Show.’
As deceased whales are washing ashore, federal agencies are rejecting the possibility that offshore wind energy could be to blame, despite warnings from the National Ocean Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
The Marine Mammal Commission became the third federal agency to reject any link to offshore wind energy projects, along with NOAA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
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Conservationists are warning that these deaths could have been avoided had the White House heeded an earlier warning from NOAA.
In May 2022, a top NOAA scientist, Sean Hayes, warned of the effects that offshore wind could have on whales, specifically right whales.
Hayes, NOAA’s chief of protected species, wrote the memo addressed to a dozen scientists at NOAA and to the BOEM's lead biologist Brian Hooker, saying in part, that "the development of offshore wind poses risks to these species [whales]" and that "these risks occur at varying stages, including construction and development, and include increased noise, vessel traffic, habitat modifications, water withdrawals associated with certain substations."
It also states that the impacts of the operating wind turbines, once they are up and running, "cannot be mitigated for the 30-year lifespan of the project, unless they are decommissioned." The letter, which went to more than a dozen scientists at the two agencies, was largely ignored, and now dead whales are washing up in historic numbers.
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Early Wednesday, a dead humpback whale was spotted off the South Jersey coast in Seaside Park, making it the second in the tri-state area this week. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center confirms to FOX Business that a necropsy is expected to be performed.