A group of “concerned citizens” will file a complaint on Wednesday to stop the country’s first large-scale offshore wind project.
Massachusetts residents against the turbines are trying to stop Vineyard Wind, which plans to build wind turbines 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
“The construction of these turbines is expected to take place in a link of activity of the North Atlantic Right Whale, a critically endangered baleen whale with a population of less than 400 specimens remaining worldwide,” said the group said in a statement Tuesday.
The plaintiffs will hold a press conference on the trial on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. outside the State House. The press conference will be available on Facebook after the event.
The 62 wind turbines will produce enough electricity to power around 400,000 homes by the end of the project in 2023, said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind, in May. He also said it would create around 3,600 jobs, half of them permanent, the other half of construction jobs.
But some fear that the project and others like it that are still in the planning stages, such as Mayflower Wind 20 miles south of Nantucket, could also irreparably harm the Massachusetts fishing and lobster industries where they will be. built.