By Beth Daley
In the nine years since the 130-turbine wind project in Nantucket Sound was first proposed, the arguments have gotten familiar.
Yet they are no less passionate, and this afternoon, proponents and opponents will converge on
The hearing is to determine whether the 560-square-mile Nantucket Sound should be listed on the National Register for Historic Places, as Native Americans say it should.
Two Wampanoag tribes say they need an unobstructed view of the horizon to carry out age-old traditional ceremonies and also say the bed of Nantucket Sound -- exposed thousands of years ago -- are ancestral grounds.
The Massachusetts Historic Preservation Officer agrees with the Wampanoag that it should be listed. The federal Minerals Management Service, an Interior Department agency that has been in charge of issuing permits for the project, says it shouldn’t. If the Sound is listed, it could make it more difficult to build there.
Now, in order to help US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar make a final decision, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is holding a four-hour public hearing today to advise him what he should do.
Placards and protests are expected. We’ll keep you posted.
PHOTO: US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Nantucket Sound recently. (Globe photo)
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