Historic designation could change Sound

...For the state, which controls fisheries in the federal waters of the Sound, a potential traditional cultural property designation raises serious concerns, said Lisa Capone, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

A designation "would result in additional regulatory constraints for long-standing commercial activities such as fishing and navigation, as well as further delays for the nation's first offshore wind farm which has undergone eight years of environmental review," Capone said.

Anything that affects the Sound would be subject to these new standards, said Cape Wind vice president Dennis Duffy. This includes not just activities in the water but anything visible from the water, he said.  The move could mean a "radical expansion of regulations" for activities such as waterfront construction and ferry traffic, he said.

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