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“GreenWave” Permit Application is Denied
by David Gurney
Thursday Jul 19th, 2012 7:25 PM
The industrialization zone was also directly offshore of two recently enlarged “marine protected areas” (MPAs) – created by the corrupt Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) “Initiative” – that did nothing to protect these areas from industrialization projects such as the Mendocino “Wave Park.”
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“GreenWave” Permit Application is Denied

by David Gurney

In a resounding victory for advocates of a free, wild and healthy ocean, the frauds of Greenwave Energy Solutions, LLC have been denied a preliminary permit for their phony “Green Wave Mendocino Wave Park Project.”

Listed in the permit application were plans to install 150 to 680 wave energy converters, in a two and a half by seven mile stretch of seventeen square miles of ocean – centered directly off the scenic town of Mendoocino.

The industrialization zone was also directly offshore of two recently enlarged “marine protected areas” (MPAs) – created by the corrupt Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) “Initiative” – that did nothing to protect these areas from industrialization projects such as the Mendocino “Wave Park.”

After initially applying for and receiving a three-year preliminary-permit in May, 2009 Green Wave, LLC consistently – either filed late, or did not file at all – progress reports and necessary documents with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC cancelled Green Wave’s permit in Sept. 2010.

The lax company re-applied for the same permit one year later, in Sept. 2011, and was met with the same wall of local opposition as they did in their original attempt at ocean industrialization off Mendocino.

This time FERC responded:

“1. When a prior permit for the same site is cancelled, it creates a presumption that the permit holder did not pursue its proposal in good faith and with due diligence. GreenWave’s prior permit was cancelled
because it failed to timely file two six-month progress reports and neglected to file its NOI (notice of intent) and PAD (pre-application document), as required by its permit.

2. Commission staff gave GreenWave notices of probable cancellation on two occasions before canceling GreenWave’s prior permit.

For these reasons, I conclude that GreenWave did not demonstrate good faith and due diligence during the term of its prior permit. Accordingly, its application for a successive preliminary permit is denied.”

FERC also noted in their denial:

“Many intervenors are concerned that GreenWave lacks genuine intent and resources to develop the proposed project and may instead be engaged in site banking. Intervenors also expressed concern that construction and operation of the project would adversely impact marine species and associated habitat, the local fishing and tourism industries, recreational and visual resources, and public safety. Because Commission staff is denying this application, these comments are moot.”

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by Anonymous
Wednesday Aug 8th, 2012 2:48 PM
To the writer of this and many other similar rants...

I'm sorry, but 'environmentalists' like you drive me crazy. Every time another renewable energy project fails, it is a win for big oil companies and a perpetuation of an overall reliance on oil.

The whole attitude reminds me of right-wing republican politicians that refuse to allow any bill to pass that they don't COMPLETELY agree with... Meanwhile, no progress is made at all and things continue as they have.