Cape Cod Times: “Cape Wind to remove meteorological tower”
By Mary Ann Bragg, July 3, 2018 –
CONCORD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit to Cape Wind Associates LLC to remove its 197-foot meteorological tower on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound, part of the wrap-up of the company’s relinquishment of its lease. The company intends to begin removal work Monday and should be finished by July 31, Corps spokesman Timothy Dugan said.
The federal government approved the company’s lease relinquishment application May 10, subject to the company completing its obligations such as making necessary payments and decommissioning all facilities in the lease area.
The 33-year federal lease was issued Oct. 6, 2010, to Cape Wind, which intended to place 130 wind turbines on 25 square miles on Horseshoe Shoal between Cape Cod and the Islands, about 6 miles southeast of Cotuit. The offshore wind farm was long expected to be the first large-scale commercial installation in the country. But opposition to the development of Nantucket Sound grew fast and eventually ensnared the company in legal appeals and political gridlock, according to Cape Wind President James Gordon.
“This is the last thing,” Gordon said of any further obligations to end the lease.
Reprinted via Cape Cod Times, which is not affiliated with the Alliance.