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Vineyard Wind Dealt Setbacks By Local, U.S. Regulators

Three of Deepwater Wind's five turbines stand in the water off Block Island, Rhode Island, seen in August 2016. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Three of Deepwater Wind's five turbines stand in the water off Block Island, Rhode Island, seen in August 2016. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

The company hoping to build a planned wind farm off Massachusetts is appealing to the state after the project hit snags with local and federal regulators.

The Edgartown Conservation Commission on Martha's Vineyard voted this week to deny Vineyard Wind's application to lay transmission cables that would pass about a mile east of Edgartown.

Separately, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has delayed issuing a final environmental impact statement that would help clear the way for construction of the 84-turbine, 800-megawatt wind farm.

The Edgartown board was concerned Vineyard Wind had not provided assurances against "adverse effects" from the cables. Commercial fishermen questioned the plan at a public hearing last month.

Vineyard Wind said Friday it will ask the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to override the Edgartown decision.

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