MA Governor Deval Patrick responds to Historic Preservation decision

Extract of Governor Deval Patrick's Daily Udpate, November 6, 2009:

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* Support for Cape Wind – Just as the lengthy federal review process for the Cape Wind offshore wind project seemed to be winding down, the state’s historic preservation officer declared that Nantucket Sound ought to be considered for listing on the National Historic Register based on its cultural significance to the Wampanoag tribes – a view in opposition to the ruling made by the federal agency leading the review. The declaration by Brona Simon, executive director of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, puts the issue before the National Parks Service for a final ruling. The Administration’s position on the Wampanoags’ petition for “traditional cultural property” designation was that it would be inappropriate because Nantucket Sound is an unenclosed body of water – 560 square miles of open ocean – and such designation would result in additional regulatory constraints for longstanding commercial activities such as fishing and navigation – as well as further delays in the nation’s first offshore wind farm, which has undergone eight years of environmental review. Governor Patrick reacted to Simon’s ruling sharply: “I respect the Wampanoags, but this decision is ridiculous. We are going to have to get serious about alternative energy installations where they make sense, and every environmental and regulatory review has concluded that Cape Wind makes sense.”