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Deck stacked against Wampanoags; For tribe, Cape Wind like bad film

Back in the 1950s, the standard Western movie would include a scene in which some dignitary from Washington would meet with an Indian chief and his council in the hope of resolving grievances that had sent the Indians on the warpath. The other day, we got a replay of that scene when a real-life government dignitary sailed into Nantucket Sound with a group of Wampanoag Indians for the ostensible purpose of resolving their grievances.
8 Feb 2010

Supreme Court Arguments Set

As public attention ratchets up surrounding the controversial Cape Wind project planned for Nantucket Sound, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear arguments next week in a case that will decide whether the wind farm developers can sidestep review by the Cape Cod Commission.
5 Feb 2010

Wind farm developers add to size of project

The developers of Douglas Woods Wind have increased the acreage of the wind farm site, but have reduced the number of proposed turbines. American Pro Wind appeared before the Zoning Board of Appeals last night for a height and use variance for 22.5 acres adjacent to the 275 acres that the ZBA approved similar variances for last year. In addition, American Pro Wind requested an extension of the previously approved variance.
4 Feb 2010

Board: Proposed wind project components too big for roads

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has blasted the environmental notification form filed by Minuteman Wind LLC for its $35 million West Hill windmill project as "wholly inadequate," citing numerous environmental concerns and casting extreme doubt on whether the developer could deliver its five turbines over the transportation routes proposed.
4 Feb 2010

Wind farm review 'rushed'

Several federal agencies that reviewed the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm felt they were "unnecessarily rushed" to finish their work before President George W. Bush left office, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Interior Department's inspector general. ...During the inspector general's investigation, officials at federal agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Coast Guard said they were rushed in their efforts to cooperate with MMS, according to the report.
4 Feb 2010

Interior Secretary sees little hope for consensus on wind farm

Weighing the future of a controversial wind farm project, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar toured Nantucket Sound on a Coast Guard cutter Tuesday, surveying the 24-square-mile area where the proposed project would loom. Mr. Salazar's visit comes a month after the National Park Service said Nantucket Sound was eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
3 Feb 2010

Minuteman Wind nets heavy criticism

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has blasted the environmental notification form filed by Minuteman Wind LLC for its $35 million West Hill windmill project as "wholly inadequate," citing numerous environmental concerns and casting extreme doubt on whether the developer could deliver its five turbines over the transportation routes proposed. Nathaniel Karns, planning commission executive director, said Tuesday that Minuteman needs to rethink its plans.
2 Feb 2010

Fairhaven wind project in the works again

Fairhaven's commercial wind project, stalled in 2008, is moving forward again, this time as a municipal project, a town official said. "There's a plan to install two commercial wind turbines at the wastewater treatment facility site on Arsene Street in what will now be a municipal project," Selectman Brian Bowcock said. The new proposal is very similar to the previous one, using the same location and siting of the turbines and working with the same private company, Plymouth-based CCI Energy.
1 Feb 2010

Salazar to visit wind farm site

It is not exactly the best time of year for a boat ride, but the chilly weather is not stopping U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar is scheduled to visit the area Tuesday to meet with representatives from the region's two Indian tribes and to see firsthand the location for the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm. According to Salazar's office, he will spend part of the day onboard a boat touring the area.
30 Jan 2010

Wind turbine talks continue to sputter in Framingham

Yaakov Cohn stood before the Planning Board last night , vigorously whipping his jacket in a circle just in front of a mike stand. "You can't tell me you don't find this disturbing," said Cohn, eliciting laughs and heckling from the handful of people inside the Memorial Building's Blumer Room. Cohn, an ardent opponent of wind turbines, had a simple point: such structures, if allowed in the community, will be visual and noise nuisances.
29 Jan 2010

Concerns raised over Savoy wind farm

Local residents raised more environmental concerns about the proposed Minuteman Wind project on West Hill during a ZBA hearing Wednesday night at Town Hall. Planning Board member Karen Dobe presented the ZBA with a report from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, which she said found several "deficiencies" in Minuteman's proposal.
29 Jan 2010

Setbacks slow wind-harnessing effort in Provincetown

The challenges facing wind energy here got a little steeper Monday when selectmen were informed that a developer interested in erecting a wind turbine next to the Mt. Gilboa water tank had pulled out. Blair Galinsky, a principal with Mass. Wind, a private development company slated to meet with selectmen to discuss the Mt. Gilboa proposal, told town officials there were several obstacles to proceeding at this point.
29 Jan 2010

Orleans wind project loses out on grant

The town's plans to get a turbine up and running in the watershed was dealt another blow this month when the project didn't receive grant funding. "It's unfortunate," said Assistant Town Planner John Jannell. Jannell said he would go before selectmen in the coming weeks to see if they want to pursue the $2.3 million municipal wind project entirely with town funds or partner with Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative.
29 Jan 2010

Barnstable denies college wind project

The decision to reject the project follows several months of debate over whether the turbine on state-owned land required approval from the historic district committee at all. The state had moved forward with the project, including preparations of the site near the college's tennis courts, but halted that work after the historic committee insisted it had the right to approve or reject the project.
29 Jan 2010

Governor: Wind farm's in

"We expect to have federal approval in the next few weeks," Patrick told representatives from major energy and construction firms, including Iberdola, Hunt Oil and Gas and Bechtel Power Corp., a subsidiary of the Big Dig manager. ...The only problem is that, publicly at least, federal approval of Cape Wind is seriously in doubt.
29 Jan 2010

Dartmouth turbines get final OK

After a calm, two-hour discussion, the special Town Meeting voted 182-44 to to spend $9.5 million for two wind turbines. The civil tone of the debate was in stark contrast to many previous meetings on the issue, prompting compliments from Moderator Steven Sharek, who praised Town Meeting members for their "professionalism." Town Meeting's consideration of the turbines came a day after 30 neighbors filed a lawsuit in Fall River Superior Court in an effort to block the project.
27 Jan 2010

Dartmouth seeks $9.5 million for wind turbines

Town Meeting is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to appropriate $9.5 million for two wind turbines, which will be located on town-owned land near the water filtration plant off Chase Road. ...Town officials say the project's financial benefits ...are enormous. Neighbors feel otherwise.
25 Jan 2010

Cape Wind's fate unclear, even in Obama's hands

After eight years of review, the future of a controversial wind farm off Cape Cod now rests in what would seem to be friendly hands - an Obama administration that's pledged to make the U.S. "the world's leading exporter of clean energy." But it's tough to tell if Cape Wind's prospects just got better or worse.
24 Jan 2010

Poll gauges willingness to pay for wind power

A new poll released this week found that support for a wind farm in Nantucket Sound drops if customers' electric bills go up by $100 or more per year. ...Conducted by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis, the poll asked 28 questions of 436 National Grid customers across the state over two days earlier this month. Respondents quickly become sensitive to the price of wind power despite support for the energy source, said the center's director, Clyde Barrow.
23 Jan 2010

Answer the questions

Mass Audubon recently abandoned its plan to install a 200-foot wind turbine at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary due to grave concerns about noise, risks to resident wildlife and migratory birds, and potential disruption to valuable habitat. Does Mass Audubon's extensive review and decision to reject a project half the size of the town of Wellfleet's reflect the machinations of an irresponsible minority or a principled decision based upon a thorough and unbiased review?
22 Jan 2010
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