Fri August 1, 2014
Mikulski Amendment Could Delay Somerset Wind Project
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A proposal to build a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River could still be delayed until a study is complete, despite Gov. Martin O'Malley's veto of a bill that would have created a similar delay.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski has included an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would require the Navy-commissioned study to be completed to further evaluate how radar use at the base could be affected by the wind turbines.
The measure now goes to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled.
Supporters of the wind farm have argued the delay could jeopardize its development. But supporters of waiting for the study say the needs of the base must be considered.