Six East Coast Governors have formally backed the Cape Wind wind farm being considered by the Obama Administration.
With a week to go before the big decision is made, the six governors have petitioned the U.S. Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, to permit the massive offshore wind farm and disregard the opposing views of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
The governors stated in the their letter to Salazar that, “If the ACHP’s approach to historic preservation is adopted, it would establish a precedent that will make it difficult, if not impossible, to site offshore wind projects anywhere along the eastern seaboard.”
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation voiced their concern about the Cape Wind project on April 2 saying that the project should be rejected because they will be visible from historic properties on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod.
The $1 billion wind power project would see 130 large wind turbines installed across 25 square miles of federal coastal waters. The plan has been in the works for almost a decade now and, if approved, would be the first off shore wind power project in the U.S.