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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The US Department of Interior has reduced the areas of the Atlantic Ocean where turbines can be built, dealing a potential blow to North Carolina’s hopes for wind farms off the coast.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved just one-fourth of the ocean waters it had been considering for wind farm development, leaving most of the sea regions off-limits. The decision leaves open about 480 square miles of ocean, down from the 1,900 square miles that had been considered.

Most of the reduction impacts the Outer Banks near Manteo, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk. Two sections across from Wilmington were largely left intact.

Further reductions are a possibility if an upcoming environmental assessment identifies conflicts with natural habitats and wildlife.

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  • Old Guy

    Hey North Carolina let’s get going on these windmills! Illinois has had them for years. Not only do the save money but they make money as well. Clean and clear energy that does no one any harm and in the ocean causes great fishing areas. Win, win situation. As far as the rich brats in Wrightville Beach who think they will be an eye sore. I laugh at them because there is NO human being on this planet that can see 5 miles off shore. So they don’t want the oil wells or the windmills what more do they want that will save the rest of us taxpayers energy?


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