AUGUSTA (WGME) — Fishermen fighting to preserve ocean waters from offshore wind power projects in support of a bill which if passed, would prohibit the state from allowing offshore wind development projects.
Dustin Delano, a fourth-generation lobsterman from Friendship, said these types of projects could hurt the industry and disrupt sea life.
“Each of those monstrosities will take up one square mile of the ocean — one whole square mile,” Delano said.
“It’s inevitable that the bottom will crush any habitat in its path. There’s no way around it,” he said.
Not everyone is in favor of the bill, including those behind the windmill test site in state waters off Monhegan Island.
A spokesperson for New England Aqua Ventas called the bill “at best a mistake in progress.”
There is a second bill that Gov. Janet Mills developed in response to concerns from the state’s fishing industry.
It would put a moratorium on offshore wind in Maine’s waters for 10 years. The Monhegan Island project would not be affected.