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Maine blocks offshore wind in state waters but encourages federal sites

July 09, 2021

The Hill:

New offshore wind projects will be prohibited from Maine state waters reserved for recreation and fishing under a new measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Janet Mills (D).  

The bill was prompted by concerns from members of the commercial fishing industry on how they will be impacted by the state’s investment in research and construction of offshore wind farms. 

According to the governor’s office, up to 75 percent of Maine’s commercial lobster harvesting occurs in state waters. 

The protection of state waters comes after Mills signed into law last month legislation advancing the creation of the country’s first research area for offshore wind, which is set to be constructed in federal waters of the Gulf of Maine.

[Celine Castronuovo]

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