Fishermen worry about plan for wind farm off New York coast
MINEOLA, N.Y. - A long-stalled plan to build a power-generating wind farm off the coast of New York is gathering momentum.
And that's sparking concern among commercial fishermen, who fear the turbines will ruin an area rich with scallops and other sea life.
Federal officials announced this month that they would auction off the rights to build the wind farm on a 127-square-mile wedge of the Atlantic Ocean. The tip of the wedge begins about 11 miles south of Long Island's popular Jones Beach.
Federal officials say the concerns of the fishermen will be taken into account.
Public hearings on the proposed lease sale begin soon in several states.
Authorities say it could still take up to 10 years before electricity starts being produced.