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Republicans call for marine life study commission

June 6, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of Rhode Island state legislators want to create a commission to study the effects of wind turbines on marine life.

Republican representatives Sherry Roberts, Justin Price and Robert Nardolillo are urging colleagues to support the initiative in light of the Deepwater Wind’s recent announcement of plans to expand the offshore wind farm off the Rhode Island coast.

The bill would establish a five member study commission to investigate the effects of wind turbines on marine life.

The legislators say off shore wind farms can negatively affect marine mammals and migratory sea birds including those indigenous to the Rhode Island coast.

Fishing industry leaders have also raised concerns about the effects of wind turbines on state fish stocks. Fishermen contribute over $200 million to the state economy each year.

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