A report by the Minerals Management Service in the US gave preliminary environmental approval to a proposed wind-farm off Cape Cod. Plans by developer Cape Wind Associates describe a wind-farm encompassing 25 miles of federal waters in Nantucket Sound, with 130 windmills generating power for thousands of households.
The findings showed that the plans would pose no significant threat to the environment, despite claims to the contrary by locals and politicians.
Public comment is now requested by the agency that will make the final decision for the project, probably later this year. Public hearings will be held in March in West Yarmouth, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Boston.
A successful acceptance of this proposal would allow for America's first offshore wind-farm to be constructed. With turbines rising up to 440 feet above sea level (when the tallest blades are at their peak), this project is nothing but controversial though.
"The draft environmental impact statement is a crucial step forward in completing our review of the Cape Wind Energy Project," said Minerals Management Service director Randall Luthi in a statement.
And there is a lot of support behind this project, with calls from the Conservation Law Foundation pointing out the benefits of such a renewable source of energy. "Cape Wind is one of the nation's most promising clean energy projects," said foundation president Philip Warburg in a statement. "When built, its 130 turbines will deliver clean energy to thousands of households, making an immediate impact in the region's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and end our dependency on dirty fossil fuels."