The embattled Cape Wind project got a boost this spring from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. The agency announced in late March a determination that the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project is adequate and complies with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act.
The proposed 420-megawatt wind power project, which would be built in Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound, has generated no small amount of controversy. The 130 wind turbines would be situated on a 25- square-mile grid off the coast in an area known as Horseshoe Shoals. The coastline is staunchly defended by environmentalists, tourist industry advocates and others, who fear the project would be a blight on a natural treasure.
The finding allows Cape Wind Associations LLC, the project’s developer, to file for construction permits with various state agencies, but the project still is far from reaching completion or even beginning construction.
Although the finding gives a boost to the project, its developer also must receive approval from the federal Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service, which is preparing an EIS. EC