Group raises money to oppose offshore wind project in Maine

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MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine (AP) — A small group called Project Monhegan hopes to derail testing of two full-scale floating wind turbines 2.5 miles off Monhegan Island, Maine.

The group says the Aqua Ventus pilot project would do "irreparable harm" to the island community that's 10 miles offshore, and it's asking the University of Maine-led consortium that's developing the project to move the site farther away.

Travis Dow said the group has raised $40,000 to fight the project.

The University of Maine said the site off Monhegan was selected based on water depth, wind resources and minimal conflicts with other activities, such as lobster fishing.

Hopes for an offshore wind project are pinned on Aqua Ventus after Norwegian company Statoil spiked its plans to put four 3 MW wind turbines 12 miles off Maine's coast.

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