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Wind project passes first test

A PROPOSAL to build the first massive offshore wind energy project in the United States has won a favorable review from the federal government, despite opposition from influential residents in nearby resorts.

The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service found there would be little negative impact from the Cape Wind energy project off the Massachusetts coast aimed at providing power for 400,000 homes.

MMS spokesman Dave Smith said on Friday the final environmental review found the impacts "are expected to be mostly negligible or minor."

With an estimated price tag of more than US$1 billion, Cape Wind would consist of 130 wind turbines over 62 square kilometers in Nantucket Sound, within view of popular Cape Cod resorts.

Opponents include Senator Edward Kennedy and other residents of nearby Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, along with some environmental groups and local fishermen.


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