Two Public Meetings Planned For Offshore Wind Project

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(credit: TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — State and federal environmental officials are planning two public meetings to discuss offshore wind power development in Massachusetts.

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has scheduled the meetings for Tuesday and Wednesday in New Bedford and Martha’s Vineyard.

Officials from the state Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs are also planning to be there.

The purpose of the sessions is to listen to public comment on the bureau’s planning and analysis of possible development of offshore wind projects off the coast.

The government is seeking to develop wind energy farms in federal waters south of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including a 285 square-mile area between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard.

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