That Cape Wind is not the villain which opponents (mainly the richly-funded "Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound") seek to portray is no surprise to most of those on the Cape, Islands and nearby - they strongly support the wind farm. And that support is bolstered by Cape Wind's commitment to a preeminent Environmental Management System (EMS).
The Minerals Management Services' (MMS) 5-inch thick Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) gave Cape Wind glowing grades. Even beyond those specifics though, Cape Wind agreed to MMS' request to use the all-encompassing EMS to be sure not even the smallest misstep occurs, and to constantly strive for ways to provide even more public benefits.
EMS is adaptive management, with continuous monitoring during construction, operation and maintenance, guaranteeing strict compliance with environmental requirements, and preventing negative events. Meanwhile, Cape Wind's turbines will combat global warming, improve energy security, and blaze the path in our country's urgently needed quest to use our strong and steady offshore wind.
As the DEIS states, Cape Wind will also boost our economy, by donating $780,000 for Bird Island (off Marion) and $4,220,000 for marine resource preservation, marine habitat restoration, and coastal recreation enhancement projects in Massachusetts - $5 million in total. The state's portion of lease fees will add another $5 million, yearly.
This is just some of the good news to talk about at the MMS Hearings at Yarmouth, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Boston during the second week of March.