More than 16 years after it was first proposed, Cape Wind finally gave up and relinquished its lease to 46-square miles of Nantucket Sound. On November 29, 2017, James Gordon signed a Notice of Project Abandonment and Surrender, which was later accepted in May by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit to Cape Wind to remove its 197-foot meteorological tower as part of the wrap-up of the company’s relinquishment of its lease. The removal was finished in July. Today, with Cape Wind out of the picture, we are able to devote our full attention to permanent protection of Nantucket Sound so that it is never again threatened by industrial development, while preserving traditional uses like fishing and recreation. We are exploring several different paths to achieve this goal, including protected designations and legislative actions.