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Tribe challenges US OK of wind project

July 12, 2011

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The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior‘s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement for approving the proposed 130-turbine wind project in Nantucket Sound. The lawsuit, filed last week in US District Court in Washington, contends that the wind farm will destroy historical, cultural, and spiritual tribal resources on Horseshoe Shoal, which was once exposed land. It also says the wind farm will obstruct views across Nantucket Sound that are used for spiritual rituals and contemplation.