Historic advisory council says no to Cape Wind
With a decision on what would be the first US offshore wind project due this month, a key advisory council has recommended US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not approve the Cape Wind project because it would cause “pervasive, destructive, and in the instance of seabed construction, permanent” effects on historic properties.
Nantucket Sound has been proposed for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for its significance to the tribes and early American history and industry. The ACHP describes the area as “a rich and unique tapestry of American prehistory, history, and culture”.
On Friday, the ACHP issued findings that “[t]he Project will adversely affect 34 historic properties including 16 historic districts and 12 individually significant historic properties on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island, and six properties of religious and cultural significance to tribes, including Nantucket Sound itself. These districts and standing structures reflect the broad array of properties that represent the rich and unique architectural, social, and cultural history of Cape Cod and the Islands.”