Watchdog Group Alleges Unethical Alliance Between Biden Admin, Wind Company
- November 30, 2023
Matt McGregor, The Epoch Times
A government watchdog organization has obtained internal documents showing that the Biden administration waived the development fees for a wind energy company a week before the company’s attorney took a job with the Department of the Interior (DOI).
According to a June 2021 letter recently obtained by Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) and first reported by Fox News Digital, Vineyard Wind requested and was granted a payment deferment for “the full amount of its decommissioning financial assurance until year 15 of actual operations under its 20-year Power Purchase Agreements.”
PPT stated that, like other energy companies granted a lease by the federal government, Vineyard Wind must “provide financial assurance for decommissioning costs” before it begins construction, which is a “safeguard against taxpayers being left with the liability of closing down or remediating a lease site.”
“At the same time the Department of the Interior was looking at forcing greater and more expensive bonding requirements on holders of long-standing oil and gas leases, they were relaxing these requirements on the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind energy producer, one that just coincidentally happened to be a client of their incoming [No. 2],” Michael Chamberlain, the PPT director, told Fox News Digital.