Town officials vote to oppose Maine
The St. George Select Board voted Monday to oppose the Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project, but the consortium seeking to erect two offshore wind turbines off Monhegan Island said it will continue to work with local fishermen to address their concerns about the project's transmission cable.
The Bangor Daily News reported that the vote by the elected members of the select board heralded agreement with local fishermen who have said the project and its transmission cable would harm their livelihoods.
"I think it's a good idea we sever ourselves from [Maine Aqua Ventus] and that we support the fishermen in any way we can," Select Board member Randy Elwell said, according to the BDN.
Maine Aqua Ventus proposes using an existing charted cableway for an underwater cable to transport energy ashore from two 6 megawatt floating wind turbines off Monhegan Island to Port Clyde, at the end of the St. George peninsula. The Department of Marine Resources prohibits fishermen from using mobile gear within charted cableways. But the cable currently in the existing cableway has been inactive for decades, so fishing restrictions haven't been enforced. ... .. .