- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) - Block Island residents have mixed opinions about a proposed wind farm that would be built less than three miles from the island and include five turbines nearly 590 feet tall.

More than 100 islanders attended a public hearing Monday night before a subcommittee of the state Coastal Resources Management Council, which is considering whether to approve the $300 million wind farm proposed by Deepwater Wind.

While some residents said they supported green energy and argued the farm would reduce high electricity rates, others said it would mar the island’s pristine ocean views and worried the environmental and economic benefits have been overstated.

It was the second public hearing on the wind farm held by the Coastal Resources Management Council, which will hold a third and final hearing Thursday in Narragansett.

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