Many alternative landing sites exist other than Beach Lane. Deepwater Wind itself proposed four alternative sites. Yet it was clear from the start that private company wanted to land at Beach Lane; that site maximizes its own profits and financial returns to its investors.
An analysis of Deepwater’s own filings to the New York State Public Service Commission (Exhibit 3, Table 3.6.1 Summary of Alternative Landing Sites) shows that Beach Lane is an inferior site.
|Landing site within or adjacent to farms and|
|Landing Site within or adjacent to Active|
|Cable distance||49.6 miles|
20% less so
|Landing Site within FEMA 100-year floodplains||Yes||No|
|Potential Rare, Threatened, or Endangered|
Species within 100 feet of Landing Site as
indicated by the NYNHP
|Elevation above sea level of sea-2-shore|
electricity cable entry point
|~10 feet||~50 feet|
As Deepwater said in its own filings, “Hither Hills presents a viable alternative landing site, with minimal environmental and historical property impact located on New York State-owned property.”
Besides, why would you run high-power lines underneath childrens’ feet if you do not have to?