Many alternative landing sites exist other than Beach Lane. Deepwater Wind itself proposed four alternative sites. 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.
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.”
Now Deepwater’s own filing 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 for the public.
Besides, why would you run high-power lines underneath childrens’ feet if you do not have to?
Deepwater has tried to lure the East Hampton Town Board and East Hampton Trustees. East Hampton should not sell out nature and the natural beauty of our iconic beach, known around the world, for so-called ‘community benefits.’
Over the 20-year term of the proposed Deepwater Wind contract, the $8.5 million face value of the proposed community benefits is equivalent to less than half of 1 pct. of the entire Town of East Hampton’s 2018 annual budget.
A significant portion of the ‘package’ goes to infrastructure (e.g., burying overhead electrical cables) that Deepwater Wind itself needs or contributions to ocean- and fish-related funds whose livelihoods Deepwater will impact. Marring our iconic beach – one of the most photographed scenes of the Hamptons – has no price, let alone when multiple reasonable alternative routes exist.
The Town would not get the ‘community benefits’ if Deepwater chose one of the alternate sites that go through State-owned land … wonder why they are selling out Beach Lane and Wainscott?
 Even assuming below-historic budget growth rates
September 21, 2018
Dear Francis, Bill, Rick, John, Brian, Dell, Jim, Susan and Susan, Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of East Hampton
Dear Peter, Sylvia, Jeff, Kathee, and David, Town of East Hampton Board
We write on behalf of hundreds of named members of the Wainscott community about the planned landing of Deepwater Wind powerlines at Beach Lane. While we are very supportive of alternative energy sources (including wind and solar) and conservation, the selection of Beach Lane will permanently alter an already fragile and eroding iconic beach. Given that multiple viable alternative routes exist for Deepwater Wind, we petition the East Hampton Town Trustees to not disturb Beach Lane with its planned power cable landing site. More than 341 Wainscott residents and community members have already signed the petition to date, which was mainly distributed door-to-door and hand-to-hand in the hamlet over three weeks.
A for-profit company installing power cables will forever alter our sole, undivided community beach. As you know, Beach Lane beach is already prone to erosion on its own. Permanent cable landing infrastructure on land and in the water will affect our iconic beach, wildlife (including piping plover and fish) and community. Continue reading “Initial petitions sent to Town Trustees and Town Board”