Salazar Pays Visit To Cape Wind, Meets With Tribes

The Cape Cod Times is reporting that Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, visited the area around Cape Wind and also met with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, which is opposed to the wind project.

According to the Cape Cod Times article, Salazar spent part of the day on board a boat touring the area around Horseshoe Shoal, where Cape Wind Associates LLC wants to install 130 wind turbines.

Last year, the U.S. Minerals Management Service released a favorable environmental review of Cape Wind, but earlier this month, the National Park Service declared that the Nantucket Sound was eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places – a move that prompted Salazar to become more involved in Cape Wind's outcome.

Following the park service's determination, Salazar called for an agreement between the parties over the wind farm's impact on historic properties. However, a voluntary compromise between Cape Wind and the tribes is unlikely.

If no agreement is reached by March 1, Salazar said he would make a decision on whether to approve the project. That decision would come by the end of April.

SOURCE: Cape Cod Times

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