Project review is in the public's interest

Public interest rules the Cape Wind review process

By Mark Rodgers 

Cape Cod Times editorials against Cape Wind contend the regulatory process is flawed because central planners had not first zoned the ocean for offshore wind development.

That they continually rail against this project and the environmental review process suggests the Times editorial board is concerned that Cape Wind will indeed meet this high review standard.Leaving aside how many years (or decades) such a comprehensive ocean zoning would take, implicit in their editorial position is a presumption that for communities like Osterville and Cotuit, where the newspaper's publisher and editor reside, sufficient resources and political connections would be brought to bear to ensure that these offshore vistas would be zoned "inappropriate" for offshore wind development.

This would leave less affluent coastal communities more likely to be identified as "appropriate" sites for offshore wind development and, indeed, a recent editorial lamented that wind sites offshore Fall River or New Bedford had not received greater consideration.

Let's remember that for Cape Wind to be approved, public agencies need to determine that the project on Horseshoe Shoal is in the public interest and that it does not present a danger to sea or air navigation.

That they continually rail against this project and the environmental review process suggests the Times editorial board is concerned that Cape Wind will indeed meet this high review standard.

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