Salazar OKs Offshore Windmill Farm

'Cape Wind' is a go, source says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2010 10:43 AM CDT
Salazar OKs Offshore Windmill Farm
The sun rises over Nantucket Sound as seen from Popponesset Beach in Mashpee, Mass., in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Julia Cumes, File)

Ken Salazar is about to give his blessing to the “Cape Wind” project—a controversial, long-delayed offshore windmill farm off Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts—sources tell the Boston Globe. Salazar wouldn't confirm that, but he's got a press conference scheduled with Deval Patrick at noon, and “I don't think he is coming to tell Governor Patrick bad news,” said a Massachusetts official. “I think this is likely the shot heard around the world for American clean energy.”

Cape Wind would be the nation's first offshore windmill farm, powering much of Cape Cod and the surrounding islands. But locals, including the late Ted Kennedy, have opposed and stalled the project for years, complaining that the turbines would be visible low on the horizon. The latest year-long delay came thanks to a challenge from a pair of Wampanoag tribes, who said that the sight of the windmills would disturb their spiritual sun greetings. (Read more Cape Wind stories.)

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