Giant Cape Cod Wind Farm Approved

April 02, 2007 02:07 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
State authorities endorse world’s largest offshore wind farm despite feared threat to tourist industry and birdlife. Federal verdict pending.

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Massachusetts authorities have approved plans to build a wind farm within 24 square miles of Nantucket Sound.

The 130 turbines will be nearly as high as the Statue of Liberty and visible from Cape Cod’s wealthy resort neighborhoods.

Developers want the wind farm online by 2010. It will be the first large installation of its kind in the United States and, by today’s standards, the largest in the world.

The company behind the plans, Cape Wind, still needs approval from the U.S. Minerals and Management Service, which overseas resources on the outer continental shelf, where the farm would be situated.

Opponents of the project say that it threatens the region’s tourist economy and will endanger birdlife. Among the Massachusetts politicians contesting the plans are former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Sen. Edward Kennedy.


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