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Cape Cod towns say
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Cape Wind:
Do the Economics Make Sense?

Do you agree with the Cape Cod Commission subcommittee's recommendation to deny a permit to the Cape Wind Project?
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Cape Wind Threats: Permit Process

Cape Wind is the first offshore wind plant proposal in the nation and one of the largest in the world. As the first of its kind, it is critical that it undergo a thorough review process and that questions be resolved before any development takes place.

Cape Wind needs to obtain each and every one of 20 some odd local, state, and federal permits that govern this project. At this point, Cape Wind has only one conditional permit for the transmission cable from the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, and a certificate of adequacy from the state of Massachusetts on its environmental report. This certificate represents but the start of the state permitting process.

The Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) is the lead federal agency and has the ultimate say over this project. MMS is expected to release its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in the fall of 2007, followed by a public comment period.

Federal Jurisdiction: Department of Interior, Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Historic Preservation Act, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of the Navy.

State Jurisdiction: Department of Environmental Protection, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Massachusetts Highway Department, Division of Marine Fisheries, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Coastal Zone Management Office, Board of Underwater Archeology, Massachusetts Historic Commission.

Local & Regional Jurisdiction: Nantucket Board of Selectmen, Cape Cod Commission, Towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth, MA.

Read more! Cape Cod Times op-ed: Cape Wind is Not a Done Deal

LEAN MORE ABOUT THE PLOY TO DISCREDIT NANTUCKET SOUND
Trashing Nantucket Sound: A Transparent Cape Wind Ploy
By Susan Nickerson, Nantucket Soundkeeper and Executive Director of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound



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