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Scientific Surveys Underway for Virginia Offshore Wind Energy Project
July 6, 2011 –
Over the past two months, scientists, including those from ESS Group, Inc., have been monitoring migratory bird populations, mapping seafloor topography, characterizing geologic conditions through the use of remote sensing technology and acquisition of sediment samples, and characterizing the benthic communities within a 1.2-square-mile study area at the proposed offshore test site. Results of these investigations will be used to characterize existing conditions and evaluate the suitability of the area for construction and operation of the proposed wind turbine generator. Field studies and data analysis will continue throughout the summer and into the fall. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission unanimously approved the sediment sampling program in April.
In addition to the offshore turbine, Gamesa and NNS intend to install a second 5-MW WTG on land in