Senator Raises Concerns Over Federal Wind Farm Leases

Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror: Members of the state’s congressional delegation are pressuring the U.S. Department of the Interior to listen to fishermen as the agency plans to lease waters south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to offshore wind energy developers.

“I’m disappointed in both state and federal officials,” U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said Tuesday about potential leases in 3,000 square miles of ocean soutwest of Nantucket and south of Martha’s Vineyard. “They should have been much more careful and deliberate about this.” The Newton Democrat is concerned about the effect of wind energy projects on fishing grounds, he said.

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