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#1 DFix

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 04:22 PM

Northeast: Nantucket Shoal

Remember this from the other day?

STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS
From: State House News Service
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 5:28 PM

WIND FARM COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED, STATE PERMITTING REMAINS

At the request of opponents of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, the US Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday announced it will tack 45 more days onto the comment period for its environmental review of the proposed project. With the extension, the 105-day comment period will now end on Feb. 24, 2005. Supporters of the project were buoyed by the Nov. 9 release of the Army Corpsí draft environmental impact statement on the project, which prompted project opponents to ask for a longer comment period. The extension was requested by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the stateís Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the Cape Cod Commission and US Rep. William Delahunt (D-Quincy), who represents the area affected by the proposed project.

Cape Wind Associates hopes to address regional energy needs by installing and operating 130 offshore wind turbine generators in
the sound. Critics say the project is environmentally unfriendly and will compromise the soundís integrity and hurt tourism. In a statement, the Army Corps said the extension will allow local, state and federal permitting processes to be "synchronized as much as possible." Corps officials said decisions remain to be made at the state level, including the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office. Public hearings are scheduled in Marthaís Vineyard (Dec. 6), West Yarmouth (Dec. 7), Nantucket (Dec. 8), and Cambridge (Dec. 16).

Here are the dates, locations and times.

12/6

Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
Edgartwon Road
Oak Bluffs
Registration: 5 P.M.; Hearing, 6-10 P.M.

12/7

Mattacheese Middle School
400 Higgins-Crowell Road
WYAR
Reg. 6:00; Hearing 7-11

12/8

Nantucket Community School
10 Surfside Road, Mary P. Walker Auditorium
ACK
Reg. 5:00; Hearing 6-10

12/16
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Room 10-250
Cambridge
Reg. 6:00; Hearing 7-11