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Fishermen Back Compensation Plan For Wind Farm Proposal

Three wind turbines from the Deepwater Wind project off Block Island, Rhode Island, as seen in August 2016. Massachusetts is slated to start spinning at its own offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in a couple years. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Three wind turbines from the Deepwater Wind project off Block Island, Rhode Island, as seen in August 2016. Massachusetts is slated to start spinning at its own offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in a couple years. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

A Rhode Island fishing board has endorsed an offshore wind developer's offer to pay millions of dollars to offset impacts to the fishing industry.

The Providence Journal reports that the Fishermen's Advisory Board unanimously approved the revised compensation offer from Vineyard Wind on Saturday.

The proposal would provide $4.2 million over 30 years for impacts to commercial fishermen. Under the plan, a $12.5 million trust would also be set up over five years for additional costs to fishermen.

Vineyard Wind wants to build an 84-turbine wind farm in Rhode Island Sound. The company applauded the fishing board's decision, calling it a "win-win package."

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council will vote on the $2 billion project on Tuesday.

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