Portland selected for federal hearing on offshore energy

June 1, 2009 McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Charles Pope The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

With gas prices on the rise and the push for energy independence
growing, the Interior Department announced Monday that Portland will
> be one of 12 locations where people will be able to discuss and debate
> proposed new regulations governing new ways to collect power from
> waves, offshore wind and ocean currents.
> The Portland meeting will held June 25 although the time and
> location have yet to be determined.
> In a statement, the Interior Department said that information
> would be made available prior to the event on the website for the
> Minerals Management Service.
> "The offshore renewable energy framework we have created for the
> Outer Continental Shelf will create new opportunities for clean power
> off our coasts, while providing certainty to industry and investors,"
> Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.
> "As we implement this new framework, we want to ensure that
> everyone with an interest in the future of offshore renewable energy
> has opportunity to learn about this program, gather the information
> they need, and participate in their government," he said.
> The meetings will focus on the ponderous sounding Final Framework
> for Renewable Energy Development on the OCS. The framework was
> published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2009.
> The new program establishes a process for granting leases,
> easements, and rights-of-way for offshore renewable energy projects as
> well as methods for sharing revenues generated from OCS renewable
> energy projects with adjacent coastal states. The program becomes
> effective June 29, 2009.
> The roadshow begins June 4 in Washington and moves across the
> country ending June 26 in San Francisco.
> In between, workshops will be held in Norfolk, Va., on June 8;
> Boston on June 9; New Orleans on June 9; New York on June 10; Ft.
> Lauderdale, Florida on June 10; Monmouth, New Jersey on June 11;
> Savannah, Georgia on June 11; Rockport, Maine on June 15; and Seattle
> on June 24.
> Charles Pope;