Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On the heels of a successful vote in East Hampton last month, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the South Fork Offshore Wind Project is being considered by the Federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM). We need YOU to show your support for the South Fork Wind Project that will create good union jobs right here on Long Island by participating in public hearings this week and next.

As a refresher, the South Fork Wind Project is a 15 turbine, 132MW, project contracted by LIPA to serve a local demand of energy on the South Fork that will be located 35 miles east of Montauk Point, New York. The project will power 70,000 homes and create hundreds of good union jobs. Orsted/Eversource is the developer who has committed to working with LI Labor by investing in our local workforce with a $10 million Offshore Wind Training Center and using contractors who have Project Labor Agreements with the Nassau/Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council.

The federal permitting process is underway and we need YOU to comment during the public comment session by FEBRUARY 22 at 5 pm.

  • Click Here to submit your public comment online. It's quick and easy.

  • You can also help by participating in one of the virtual hearings on 2/11 and 2/16 where oral comments will be accepted and are limited to five minutes. Please register Here under the "Virtual Meetings Schedule."

  • Click Here for a graphic that shows the different ways you can comment.

Below are a few samples of language you can copy and paste into the comment box:

  • I am a Long Island Union Member and I strongly believe that Americans should not have to choose between a good job and a clean environment—we can and must have both. Ørsted/Eversource's South Fork Wind project is an opportunity to not only drive the nation’s clean energy future but will create quality, family-sustaining union jobs at the same time. I urge BOEM to move forward with South Fork’s permitting process.

  • As a union member, I support offshore wind. Large-scale utility development like offshore wind not only will help reduce our massive carbon footprint but will also mean a tremendous amount of economic opportunity in the form of jobs and community benefits. We have been preparing for this moment for a very long time. We urge approvals to be as expeditious as possible to get the men and women in the labor movement to work. 
South Fork Wind Information from our previous newsletter
A Big Win for the South Fork Wind Project and Long Island Jobs!
The South Fork Wind Project had quite the milestone of its own. After four years of thorough engagement with the community, the Town of East Hampton Board and Trustees approved the Host Community Agreement and easement/lease agreements needed for the Beach Lane cable route in Wainscott.

This is a huge momentum driver for New York's inaugural offshore wind project and demonstrates the leadership of Supervisor Van Scoyoc, the Board and Trustees to take action on climate. CJNY continues to work with our East End partners who have been there from the start to see this project through to the finish line. Click here for more information.

To mobilize union support for last week's votes, Roger Clayman, Executive Director of the LI Federation of Labor, and I joined Suffolk AME President, Dan Levler, on his radio show Suffolk Matters to talk about the importance of the South Fork Wind Project and what offshore wind means for the labor movement. Click the photo below to listen to the segment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mariah!

Mariah Dignan
Long Island Organizer
Climate Jobs NY