Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Massachusetts to track wildlife as it weighs wind farms

Mass. to track wildlife as it weighs wind farms
By Associated Press | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | | Business & Markets

BOSTON — Massachusetts is looking for help tracking whales, sea turtles and other marine wildlife as it weighs the best location for off-shore wind farms.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs are asking businesses to submit proposals to keep tabs on all sorts of creatures that call New England waters their home.

Regulators are specifically looking to capture a full year of seasonal migratory data on birds, North Atlantic right whales and other large whales, and sea turtles in federal waters off the coast of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard islands.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has begun seeking proposals from developers interested in wind farm leases for a 3,000-square- mile area of federal waters about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

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