Salazar Weighs Two Imperatives In Cape Wind Energy Proposal

February 10, 2010

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

In the end, the Obama administration’s decision to approve or deny a massive wind turbine project in Nantucket Sound will hinge on the value it places on respecting an irreplaceable and immovable American Indian sacred site weighed against the worth and importance of a privately-owned renewable energy plant that could be built elsewhere.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who traveled to Nantucket Sound Feb. 2 with his team from the Interior Department on what he called a “fact finding mission,” gave no hint about which direction the administration is leaning toward. On the contrary, in discussing the pros and cons of the Cape Windenergy project, the secretary said he is as likely to approve the project as he is to deny it.

Cape Wind would be built on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound and would include 130 wind turbines rising some 440 feet above the ocean surface across a 25 square mile area. The installation would also include a 10-story electrical service platform with 40,000 gallons of transformer oil and 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and a helicopter pad. The plant would be as close as four miles offshore.