Ocean City’s mayor is urging state and federal officials to halt the construction of offshore wind farms.
All of this is due to an increase in the number of dead whales washing ashore in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.
At least ten humpback whales have perished so far on the East Coast in 2023, including one on Assateague Island in January.
However, NOAA officials assert there is no evidence that the whale deaths are caused by offshore wind turbines.
Even still, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan continues to advocate for a delay.
It is concerning that there has been an uptick in similar instances in the Mid-Atlantic region, as stated by Mayor Meehan. “This is something out of the ordinary and quite alarming.”
Mayor Meehan stated to WJZ that he is not opposed to renewable energy, but he wants to ensure that these projects are done in a manner that protects our environment and wildlife.
Meehan joins 12 other New Jersey shore mayors in calling for an end to offshore wind development.
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