Association to Preserve Cape Cod's support may end the debate
Board voted unanimous support
"It is our judgement that the benefits of increasing the local production of renewable energy will outweigh any environmental harm and the perceived threat to the region's character." - APCC letter
Cape Cod's oldest and most acclaimed environmental organization has given its support and approval of the proposed wind farm in Nantucket Farm.
In a letter to its 5,700 members, the APCC executive director Maggie Geist and president Susan Shephard wrote, "We find the potential environmental effects on habitats and species from the proposed construction, operation, and decommissioning of this wind farm to be acceptable."
The letter to members went on to state, "The project process should include rigorous evaluation of the risks proposed by the Cape Wind project. We do not conclude that there will be no environmental impacts from this project, but it is our judgement that the benefits of increasing the local production of renewable energy will outweigh any environmental harm and the perceived threat to the region's character."
40 years of environmental leadership
APCC was founded in 1968 when several residents of Eastham and Orleans became concerned over an Army Corps of Engineers proposal to create a deep water port by dredging Nauset Harbor. The group has gone on to fight dozens of enviromental battles ever since.
Ironically, a former executive director of the APCC, Susan Nickerson, left the association to assume the same position sequentially in two groups which oppose the wind farm, the Association to Protect Nantucket Sound and earlier this year moved over to the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association.
The association's board of directors voted their approval unanimously last week. A board member from West Falmouth, Jack Barnes, resigned last year when he assumed the endorsement was a certainty.
"The only NIMBY left is the Cape Cod Times which will keep writing anti-wind farm editorials until their last typewriter is auctioned off."
This latest endorsement is the "icing on the cake" for the owners of Cape Wind. The group was initially listed in opposition, but participated closely in the vetting of the project since the very beginning in 2001, and with the thorough examination it received, came eventually to support Cape Wind.
There remain only the U.S. Department of Interior's acceptance of its own sub-agency's study over the last three years since there are no other creditable opponents.
A local wag, upon hearing the news at the APCC said, "The only NIMBY left is the Cape Cod Times which will keep writing anti-wind farm editorials until their last typewriter is auctioned off."
He probably meant to say "word processor."