Public Safety Threats
THREAT TO NAVIGATIONAL SAFETY
Cape Wind would have threatened the safety of millions of travelers crossing the Sound. The 130 turbines would have jeopardized navigational safety by creating obstructions that ferries, cargo ships, and pleasure craft would have to negotiate not only in clear weather, but in dense fog and highly variable weather conditions characteristic of the Sound.
THREAT TO AVIATION SAFETY
Cape Wind would have posed a significant risk to the 400,000 flights and millions of passengers that traverse Nantucket Sound every year due to radar interference and its location in the center of three airports. The spinning turbine blades would have also interfered with marine radar and impacted search and rescue efforts.