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Congressman Andy Harris says that the proposed wind projects off the shores of Ocean City could harm marine life.

The Eastern Shore Republicans says it needs more study and is sponsoring legislation that would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to carry out a two year research project to look at the potential impact.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports he noted that once the project is up and running there is no turning back.

There are two proposed projects.

One by Deepwater Wind and the other by U.S. Wind which were approved last year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration says it is looking for advice on how to make the state more attractive to offshore wind power.

Northam's office announced Tuesday that the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is seeking a contract to provide a strategic plan to make Virginia an east coast hub for the offshore wind energy industry.

Virginia currently doesn't have any offshore turbines.

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There’s a petition going around by opponents of wind turbines off the shoreline of Ocean City.

WBOC reports that the petition is asking that they be placed 26 miles from the coast.

The project is now looking at 19 miles.

Wind developers say moving the turbines further out would violate the federally designated area for their placement.

There has already been push back from the resort’s officials who fear it may interview with the view enjoyed by tourists.

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Efforts by Ocean City to push two offshore wind projects farther off the coastline have failed in Annapolis.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a House panel essentially killed the legislative bid by offering up an unfavorable report.

The Maryland Climate Change Coalition issued a statement praising the decision saying that it will mean not only a clean environment but jobs and stable electricity rates.

The measure would have pushed the turbines out to 26 miles.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A new bill in Maryland's General Assembly would prohibit offshore wind turbines from being erected within 26 miles of the coast.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House and Senate versions of the measure are scheduled to be debated in committee rooms this week. But the proposal is likely to face stiff headwinds in the Democratically controlled Legislature, which has backed several recent renewable energy initiatives.

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A workshop for potential offshore wind energy is scheduled for Lewes next Tuesday.

It’s being sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the state’s Offshore Wind Working Group.

During the public workshop to be held at the Lewes Public Library representatives from the U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind companies layout possible projects for Delaware and their economic benefit to the region.

WBOC reports that the Offshore Wind Working Group began meeting in October and must provide a report to the governor by December 15th.

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Governor John Carney wants to take another look at the idea of offshore wind generation.

The Delaware Democrat signed an executive order to create a working group to study the issue.

WBOC reports that the move comes after previous efforts have failed.

Rehoboth Beach Mayor-Elect Paul Kuhns told the television station that he personally favors such projects as long as the turbines 12 to 15 miles offshore.

He adds that they might even create some new tourism.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland environmental coalition is criticizing an amendment added to legislation by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris that they say could stop two offshore wind proposals near Ocean City.

The Maryland Climate Coalition said Wednesday the amendment approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week would prohibit the Interior Department from approving project construction plans, despite six years of debate and approval by state lawmakers and regulators.

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris to require offshore wind turbines to be at least 24 miles off the coast could jeopardize their development in the region.

The amendment by the Eastern Shore Republican was approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

And it comes after Ocean City officials said the sight of the turbines could jeopardize the resort’s tourist industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris points out that a similar project of the Virginia coast was 27 miles away from the shore.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A report issued by Oceana concludes the development of wind turbines off Virginia's coast would create thousands of jobs.
 
The oceans advocacy group issued a report Wednesday that compares offshore wind development vs. drilling for oil and gas in Atlantic waters. Oceana said the economic analysis found that wind development would produce twice the number of jobs and energy as oil and gas drilling.
 

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