Cape Wind Farm and other offshore wind farms will be in danger if the current bill in congressional committee of congress is passed. Representative Don Young, of Alaska, an advocate of ANWR, is trying to kill plans for the first offshore wind farm in America and ALL offshore wind farms within 1.5 nautical miles of any shipping lane, even though oil platforms can be built within 500 feet of shipping lanes.
As I understand it the bill requires the Coast Guard to prohibit any offshore wind farm from being located within 1.5 nautical miles of a shipping channel or ferry route. This will restrict much-needed clean energy development from offshore wind farms but will not provide additional marine safety.
In addition, it conflicts with the intent of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. According to that act the Secretary of Interior, in consultation with the Coast Guard and other agencies, has the responsibility to develop "any necessary regulations."
The bill is still in committee that may be act on it as early as Monday or Tuesday of next week, this is the place to stop it. It is an amendment, so it would be a little bit more difficult to stop in the House or Senate. Please contact the following congressmen to express your opinion:
Senators on Committee:
Stevens, Snowe, Lott, Smith, Inouye, Cantwell and Lautenberg
House Reps on Committee:
Young (AK), LoBiondo, Coble, Hoekstra, Simmons, Diaz-Balart, M., Boustany, Oberstar, Filner, Taylor (MS), Higgins, Schwartz (PA); Barton (TX), Gillmor, Dingell, Lungren, Daniel E., Reichert, Thompson (MS), Pombo, Jones (NC), and Pallone.