MV Times, on November 5th, 2009

Secretary Bowles to meet with Island officials

Ian Bowles, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEA), will meet Friday in Boston with a delegation of Island officials to discuss their concerns about the provisions of the Oceans Act. The time has not been set. The location will be EOEA’s offices, at 100 Cambridge Street.

State Rep. Tim Madden arranged the meeting, according to Lisa Capone, EOEA spokesman. Representatives of each of the six Island boards of selectmen, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Dukes County Commission and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) are expected to attend.

Island officials have questioned the decision to place the state’s only two wind farm development areas southwest of Nomans Land and west of Cuttyhunk.

In an interview with The Times published on October 22 (“Sec. Bowles would calm Oceans Act tempest”), Mr. Bowles spoke in reassuring terms about how the act would affect the Vineyard.

Late yesterday, Ms. Capone reiterated that the secretary would only move ahead with wind farm developments where there is local support.

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