Artist rendition of the New Bedford Terminal. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has met with officials from the Cape Wind offshore wind project planned for Massachusetts about possibly using the state’s ports as the wind farm’s construction staging area, and a project spokesman told The Associated Press on Friday that it’s an “open question” whether a terminal planned for New Bedford will be ready for them to use when they need it.

The project is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to an area that desperately needs them. Rhode Island has the second-highest unemployment rate in the country and New Bedford, just over the border, is in one of the most economically depressed areas of Massachusetts.

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