The Obama administration approved the construction of a 130-turbine wind energy farm in Nantucket Sound last week, dubbed Cape Wind. The image at left shows a simulated view of the wind farm from Centerville, MA.
However, a local opposition group, the Alliance To Protect Nantucket Sound, is moving to kill the project via legal means. The group is working with Boston public relations firm O’Neill & Associates, the agency confirmed to PRNewser.
The alliance’s communications manager, Patty Dineen, told PRNewser today the group will retain O’Neill & Associates moving forward. When asked about what messages the group is looking to communicate in wake of the federal government’s decision, Dineen said, “we need funds in order to support our legal team.”
Previously, the alliance worked with Burson-Marsteller owned Prime Policy Group, formerly BKSH Associates.
The alliance worked with PPG through 2008 and much of 2009. A source close to the matter informed PRNewser that budgetary reasons were the cause for the alliance ending their relationship with PPG.
Full press releases from Cape Wind and The Alliance To Protect Nantucket Sound after the jump.
Cape Wind News Release
Cape Wind Approved by Federal Government as America’s First Offshore Wind Farm;
Project will Add Clean Energy Jobs for Region
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Rodgers 508-237-6312
BOSTON, MA, APRIL 28, 2010 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced his approval of Cape Wind with a favorable Record of Decision for the project to be constructed on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts.
“Secretary Salazar’s decision today to approve Cape Wind has launched the American offshore wind industry. It allows our nation to harness an abundant and inexhaustible clean energy source for greater energy independence, a healthier environment and green jobs,” said Cape Wind President Jim Gordon.
Reflecting on the near decade long permitting path for Cape wind, Gordon said, “Going first is never easy and Cape Wind is proud of the role we played in raising awareness for what will become a major component of our energy future and in helping the United States develop a regulatory framework for this new exciting industry.
“What enabled Cape Wind to reach this crucial milestone is the steadfast support of leading environmental, labor, health and trade organizations and the support of the overwhelming majority of Massachusetts citizens who have repeatedly made their voices heard. We also appreciate Governor Deval Patrick’s support, vision and leadership to make Massachusetts a global leader in offshore renewables and the clean energy economy. Thank you to all those who made this day possible,” Gordon added.
“While this project was exhaustively analyzed and debated and even with Federal and State approvals demonstrating the significant environmental and economic benefits of Cape Wind, we recognize there are some local opponents who disagree, with Secretary Salazar’s decision. We appreciate their involvement in helping to shape the project and we now reach out to ask them to join the community and country in ushering in a new era of environmental stewardship, energy security and prosperity,” Gordon added.
Looking ahead, Gordon said, “We hope to begin construction of Cape Wind before the end of the year.”
Cape Wind completed State and local permitting in 2009.
Cape Wind’s proposal to build America’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal would provide most of the electricity used on Cape Cod and the Islands from clean, renewable energy – reducing this regionâ€™s need to import oil, coal and gas. Cape Wind will create new jobs, help stabilize electric costs, contribute to a healthier environment, increase energy independence and establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind power. For more information visit www.capewind.org.