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Feds name Cape Wind panel

A federal panel charged with assessing Cape Wind's impact on dozens of historic sites includes an architect, an anthropologist and a Texan who runs one of the nation's largest beer distributors. Last week, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation identified a five-member Cape Wind review panel, as a final federal ruling on the controversial offshore wind farm appears on the horizon.

Five-member group will assess project's impact on historic sites

A federal panel charged with assessing Cape Wind's impact on dozens of historic sites includes an architect, an anthropologist and a Texan who runs one of the nation's largest beer distributors.

Last week, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation identified a five-member Cape Wind review panel, as a final federal ruling on the controversial offshore wind farm appears on the horizon.

John L. Nau II, CEO of Houston-based Silver Eagle Distributors, is the chairman of the group. The other members are Maryland-based anthropologist Julie King; John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma; Stephen Ayers, whose architect of the capitol post makes him responsible for maintaining the U.S. Supreme Court and Library of Congress buildings; and Linda Lawton, director of the federal Department of Transportation's Office of Safety, Energy and Environment.

Together they'll scrutinize the impact of Cape Wind, whose 440-foot-high turbines would cover 24 miles of federal waters within view of historic properties such as the Kennedy Compound in... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Five-member group will assess project's impact on historic sites

A federal panel charged with assessing Cape Wind's impact on dozens of historic sites includes an architect, an anthropologist and a Texan who runs one of the nation's largest beer distributors.

Last week, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation identified a five-member Cape Wind review panel, as a final federal ruling on the controversial offshore wind farm appears on the horizon.

John L. Nau II, CEO of Houston-based Silver Eagle Distributors, is the chairman of the group. The other members are Maryland-based anthropologist Julie King; John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma; Stephen Ayers, whose architect of the capitol post makes him responsible for maintaining the U.S. Supreme Court and Library of Congress buildings; and Linda Lawton, director of the federal Department of Transportation's Office of Safety, Energy and Environment.

Together they'll scrutinize the impact of Cape Wind, whose 440-foot-high turbines would cover 24 miles of federal waters within view of historic properties such as the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis and Nantucket's historic district.

First proposed nine years ago, Cape Wind would be the nation's first offshore wind energy project.

The plan faces strong opposition from many factions, including two American Indian tribes who say the 130 turbines will harm culturally significant waters that cover ancient burial grounds.

Earlier this month, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar determined that the tribes and developer Cape Wind Associates could not reach a compromise, and asked the independent advisory council, whose job is protect the nation's historic resources, to weigh in.

The new group will be in Barnstable on March 22 to hear more about the project's potential impacts on Nantucket Sound and other areas. The panel will issue its report to Salazar by April 14.


Source: http://www.bostonherald.com...

MAR 14 2010
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