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Cape Wind and the Environment

Myth: Cape Wind is an environmentally benign project and would not harm local fisheries.
Fact: Cape Wind threatens the marine environment and would harm the productive, traditional fisheries of Nantucket Sound.

The construction and operation of Cape Wind's 25-square-mile industrial plant threatens benthic, marine, and avian species. In addition to the lengthy and destructive construction process that would include dredging, jet plowing, and pile driving, the plant's 10-story Electrical Service Platform (ESP) would hold 40,000 gallons of hazardous oil in the middle of the 130 turbine array. Cape Wind's proposed site, Horseshoe Shoal, is a traditional and lucrative fishing ground where many hardworking local fishermen earn up to 50%-60% of their annual income.