Cape Wind: On-Air Reporting



August 31: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has waded into the Cape Wind debate, affirming the state's decision to overrule town and regional governments and issue all the local permits the Cape Wind project needs to move forward in the waters of Nantucket Sound.

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May 10, 2010

Cape Wind Retrospective

By Sean Corcoran

Nearly a decade ago, a developer named Jim Gordon proposed a renewable energy project in the heart of Nantucket Sound. Over the next 9 years Cape Wind, as it is called, galvanized some neighbors and divided others. In our retrospective, "Cape Wind: A Big Wind Battle Off Little Cape Cod," Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran takes a look back at the push to install 130 wind turbines in the waters off Cape Cod and the opposition that emerged against it."

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April 28th, 2010


WCAI's Sean Corcoran discusses the history of the project on The Takeaway.

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June 25, 2008

Wind Farm Proposed off Rhode Island Coast

By Sean Corcoran

A government-led initiative to build a large-scale shallow-water wind farm is underway in neighboring Rhode Island, where Gov. Don Carcieri has committed to generating FIFTEEN PERCENT of the state's energy needs from wind.

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June 24, 2008

Judge Rules Against Opponents of Cape Wind

A Barnstable Superior Court judge last Friday dismissed four of five counts in a lawsuit that challenges the state's environmental review of the Cape Wind project -- a proposal to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound.

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MMS Public Hearings

March 25 - listenMMS Excerpts from The Point 3/25/08 (51:27).

March 10 - listenMattachesse Middle School, West Yarmouth Excerpts Part 1
listenMattachesse Middle School, West Yarmouth Excerpts Part 2
March 11 - Nantucket High School Auditorium (coming soon)
March 12 - Martha's Vineyard High School Auditorium (coming soon)
March 13 - listenUMass Boston Part 1
listenUMass Boston Part 2
listenUMass Boston Part 3


March 11, 2008

Pirates and Miners

RADIO REPORT: It was a full house at the Mattacheese Middle School in Yarmouth last night, where the federal Minerals Management Service held its first public hearing to discuss its draft environmental impact statement on a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
listenListen (2:35) or read reporter Sean Corcoran's story.


January 24, 2008

Opponents question federal environmental report.

RADIO REPORT: Opponents of Cape Wind are calling the recent federal environment report on the Nantucket Sound wind farm inadequate. Those comments came yesterday during a press conference convened by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. A panel of local residents and officials questioned the report's predictions that the environmental and social impacts of Cape Wind will be negligible or minor. Our reporter Elizabeth Saito has more.

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January 15, 2008

'The Point' with Mindy Todd

listenListen to local call-in program on the Cape Wind environmental report.


January 15, 2008

Federal environmental report finds no significant negative impacts.

RADIO REPORT: The federal agency reviewing Cape Wind released its draft environmental impact statement, or DEIS, yesterday. The document finds that almost all of the impacts of the Nantucket Sound wind farm would be negligible or minor. Our reporter Elizabeth Saito has more.

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download the draft Environmental Impact Statement


January 12, 2008

Federal Cape Wind environmental report expected Monday the 14th.

The federal agency reviewing Cape Wind will likely release its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on the Nantucket Sound wind farm project this coming Monday. A spokesperson from the MMS, Minerals Management Service, told WCAI they would be, quote, "making an announcement" on Monday. That announcement, in all likelihood, will be the release of the long awaited draft environmental impact statement, which was originally due out in January of 2007. People will have 60 days to comment on the document, during which time the MMS will hold four public hearings in this region. A final document will then be issued, followed by a decision on whether to permit the project.


Reports Archive:

September - December, 2007

  • Cape Cod Commission denies cable permit.

  • Cape Wind's economic viability questioned.

April - August, 2007

  • Cape Cod Commission determines jurisdiction.

  • Interview with Danish wind farm expert.

January - March, 2007

  • State environmental report approved.

  • A look at decommissioning.


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