Coast Guard studying effects of planned wind farms on marine traffic
Officials decided to launch the examination about a year ago, around the time that the U.S. Department of the Interior announced "wind energy areas" off the coasts of several Atlantic states. No offshore wind farms are operational yet, but more than a dozen are in various stages of development.
December 30, 2011
in Trade Only Today
The U.S. Coast Guard is undertaking a large-scale study of government, commercial and pleasure boat traffic up and down the Atlantic coast.
Although the Coast Guard routinely looks at vessel traffic on a port-by-port basis, the study that's now under way is the first to examine waters beyond port entrances, from Maine to Florida.
As part of the investigation, officials are asking for input from maritime industries, commercial watermen and recreational boaters who operate within 200 nautical miles of the East Coast.
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