Tidal Project Draws Critics, New Homes Must Have Solar or Wind Power

gazette1Martha's Vineyard news, September 8, 2006

Finance Committee Urges Legal Review of Contract
Questioning the details of what took place in the May executive session that resulted in town administrator Casey Sharpe's departure from her post, the Oak Bluffs finance and advisory committee yesterday agreed to ask selectmen for more information - including written minutes of the closed-door session in which she was terminated without cause and an audio tape of that same meeting.

Tidal Project Draws Widespread Critics
Fisheries Groups and Competitors Alike Weigh in with Public Comments on Experimental Venture
   The National Marine Fisheries Service has raised a cautionary flag about a tidal hydroelectric power project proposed for Vineyard Sound.
   "The tidal energy project proposed under this application represents novel technology with the potential for significant adverse effects to all marine resources that utilize Vineyard Sound for spawning, rearing and migration, including finfish and marine mammals," wrote Mary A. Colligan, assistant regional administrator for protected resources, in a July 18 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
   The fisheries service letter is among the responses filed with the commission concerning the proposal by the Massachusetts Tidal Energy Company of Washington, D.C., to create a hydroelectric tidal energy farm in the Sound.

Aquinnah Selectmen Will Seek Bylaw to Regulate Energy Use
With the energy demands of large homes a growing concern across the Island, Aquinnah selectmen this week unanimously endorsed a regulation that would require new homes over a certain size to include renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines...
   As proposed by Mr. Newman this week, the zoning bylaw amendment would mandate that any new home over 2,100 square feet install either solar panels or wind turbines that produce at least 2,500 kilowatt hours per year. That figure represents roughly one-third of the annual energy use of an average family of four on the Vineyard.

Gone Fishing: Annual Derby Begins Sunday
Want some plot lines from a typical Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby fish tale?

Walking Beat with John Cashin: Police Chief Settles into Role

As far as police chiefs go, John G. Cashin is not your average Joe.

Ruthless Piles: Ward Just Culls His Best Work
It's usually not a good thing when an interview ends in bloodshed, but an exception will be made for Ward Just, who was still nursing his wounds from a battle with a wicker basket when this reporter left his West Tisbury home one morning this week.

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