Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror – Letter to the Editor: Cape Wind still a threat to the sound – August 10, 2017 –
To the Editor: The fight is not over. Nantucket Sound remains imperiled. Our pristine, historic and iconic Nantucket Sound is still threatened by Cape Wind, which holds its lease until 2041. The sound will become an industrial landscape with its natural beauty forever altered, if the 130 massive turbines are installed. Have no doubt, Cape Wind has every intention to complete construction of its wind project.
Cape Wind launched its effort in 2001 and in 2010 received a federal lease on a “no-bid” basis. The private developer is clearly not giving up its intention to industrialize the sound. This notwithstanding the position of many, including Cape Cod and island lawmakers, who have argued the project is no longer right for Massachusetts. Technology has moved on significantly and other “green” sources are available more cheaply. Moreover, the U.S. government has identified less-conflicted alternative sites for wind projects. All who care about Nantucket Sound need to know that Cape Wind recently testified in court they intend to build the project. And, Cape Wind made its latest annual lease payment to the federal government to maintain their lease.
Everyone who cares about our sound, about safe aviation and boating, about damage to the seabed and to fish and birds, must continue demanding the federal government cancel this lease. Only when this lease is terminated can we rest assured that Cape Wind will not be built. Please contact your congressman and senators to urge their immediate action to revoke Cape Wind’s lease (www.lwvcapecod. org/representatives.html) as federal authorities are expected to make a decision on the lease by early September.
On behalf of the Nantucket Committee for Save Our Sound, Sue Ellen Alderman, Bob Braunohler, Nina Duchaine, Andrea and Ted Giletti, Jackie Kupper, Tracey Morzano and Susan M. O’Brien, TED GILETTI
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