AUGUSTA — Last week, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft plan for wind energy development n the Gulf of Maine that excludes nearly all of Lobster Management Area 1. The draft plan reflects the intent of the 131st Maine Legislature.
Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, released the following statement in support of the plan:
“The offshore wind energy project will not only create quality, good-paying jobs but play a critical role in Maine’s path towards energy independence. But as I’ve said from the beginning, this cannot and should not come at the expense of Maine’s lobster industry. To say I’m relieved that the draft plan offered by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management honors the intent of the Legislature to protect Lobster Management Zone 1 and our iconic lobster industry would be an understatement.
“There were a lot of naysayers who said this couldn’t be done, that the federal government would never respect the will and work of the states. But this is what happens when states get folks around the table and take the lead on big issues. As we continue to invest in renewable energy projects, we must ensure that all stakeholders and affected parties are respected and heard. This draft plan is a good first step.”