Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Perhaps this is what they were talking about yesterday on WBUR.

NEWBURYPORT, MASS.: Under the newly released ocean management plan
for the state's coastal waters, Greater Newburyport's coastline could one day
be home to 10 wind turbines.

July 02, 2009

Massachusetts officials yesterday released a draft of the plan that spells out rules for
setting up wind farms in state waters.

The plan gives the state's six regional planning authorities the option to build up to 10
wind turbines each, at least one-third of a mile from shore. They must be built within
waters controlled by the state, which extend three miles off the coast. It also gives
refusal rights to the community in whose waters a wind farm is proposed, but not
neighboring communities.

Locally, the regional planning zone stretches from Salisbury to Rowley, an area that
encompasses the waters off Salisbury Beach and most of Plum Island.

"Newburyport is part of the Merrimack Valley Planning (Commission) area," said
Deerin Babb-Brott, Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Coastal Zone Management in
the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. "Under the
plan, regional planning can allocate 10 turbines where they see fit by working with
individual companies or cities and towns."

We weren't at the top of the list, at the time this came out. I still can't find out what the piece on WBUR was about.

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