In response to the Enterprise editorial in the December 31 edition, “Mayflower Wind’s Power Lines,” which summarized the basis of our neighborhood’s health and safety concerns reasonably well. I agree with the comments that:
“[The Heights’ landfall] might not be the best plan,” and “surely a safe landfall for power lines can be figured out.”
Mayflower Wind Energy is a joint venture between Shell Oil and Ocean Wind which has secured a lease of 127,000 acres on the continental shelf, 26 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, on which they intend to erect 149 wind turbines. Mayflower plans to subsea trench the power cables from the wind field around the east end of Martha’s Vineyard, into Vineyard Sound, making landfall on Cape Cod. We recognize the need and demand for clean energy, and we do not object to this portion of their project.
What we do object to and oppose is Mayflower’s choice of locations for onboarding their 1,200 megawatt (i.e., 1,200,000,000 watts), 345,000-volt power cables; both of which are in Falmouth Heights.
The preferred route is under Falmouth Heights Beach to a connecting vault in the beach parking lot, then trenched at a depth of 1 meter the length of Worcester Park (between the north and south-bound lanes), then under the roadway of Worcester Court, across Davis Straits, to Jones Road, to Gifford Street, then to either Lawrence Lynch substation, or to an alternate substation at Cape Cod Aggregates on Blacksmith Shop Road.
The alternate route is under Falmouth Heights Beach to a connecting vault at the foot of Central Park Ave, then buried at a depth of 1 meter diagonally across Central Park Ballfield, then under the roadway of Crescent Avenue, then (although not stated, one might speculate under the swing set at Crescent Park) to Falmouth Heights Road, to Davis Straits, to Jones Road, then as per the preferred route.
Both routes would traverse a pristine Falmouth public beach, open, green parklands where our children and grandchildren play, a historic and densely populated residential community, various residential and business-zoned districts, a public elementary school property (Morse Pond School), and possibly Falmouth High School property, if the alternate substation is employed.
We contend that most public utilities would avoid—and not even consider—invasively utilizing such a densely populated residential community. It is our firm opinion that these commercial/industrial cables do not belong in either of these locations.
Our greatest concern is the health and safety of our community for generations to come. EMFs are all around us, both naturally occurring and from such things as power lines, wiring, electric appliances, cell phones etc. What will be the long-term, cumulative effect of continuous exposure to non-ionizing EMFs in an already EMF loaded world?
In an article in 2016 the WHO commented, “It is not disputed that EMFs above certain levels can trigger biological effects. Experiments with healthy volunteers indicate that short-term exposure at levels present in the environment or in the home do not cause any apparent detrimental effects. Exposures to higher levels that might be harmful are restricted by national and international guidelines. The current debate is centered on whether long-term low-level exposure can evoke biological responses and influence people’s well-being.”
Long-term unknown effects are exactly our concern.
David Buzanoski, President
Falmouth Heights — Maravista Neighborhood Association