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Protecting right whales

Published December 21. 2012 4:00AM

A coalition of environmental organizations and offshore wind developers has agreed to voluntary measures to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, offshore wind companies announced Wednesday.

The wind developers include DeepWater Wind, which is seeking to build a wind farm off Block Island. The Conservation Law Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, working with Deepwater Wind, Energy Management (owner of Cape Wind in Massachusetts) and NRG Bluewater Wind have drafted protective measures that the developers will implement in areas designated as Mid-Atlantic Wind Energy Areas.

The measures provide further protections for the whales by reducing or avoiding sound impacts from exploratory activities that developers use to determine where to build wind farms.

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