State Agency Approves Cape Windís Waterways Application
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
BOSTON, MA, DECEMBER 23, 2008 Ė The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved Cape Windís Chapter 91 Waterways Application.
In the letter notifying Cape Wind of their decision, a DEP official stated, ďthe Department determines that the proposed project serves a proper public interest which provides greater public benefit than detriment to the publicís rights in said tidelandsĒ.
Cape Wind Communications Director Mark Rodgers welcomed this news by stating, ďThis DEP approval finding Cape Wind serves a proper public interest and providing public benefit moves the project one step closer to its final approval.Ē
This decision follows a public hearing DEP held in Yarmouth on November 5th.
The portions of Cape Windís proposal under the jurisdiction of the DEPís review were the submarine electric cables from the coastline out to the three-mile offshore state boundary.
Cape Windís proposal to build Americaís first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal would provide three-quarters of the electricity used on Cape Cod and the Islands from clean, renewable energy - reducing this regionís need to import oil, coal and gas. Cape Wind will create new jobs, contribute to a healthier environment, increase energy independence and establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind power. For more information visit www.capewind.org.
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