Monday, February 28, 2005

Feds Approve Expansion of Massachusetts State Boundary

The Cape Cod Times reported last week that the federal government has approved Massachusetts' request to redraw state boundaries in Nantucket Sound. The new boundary reaches 12 square nautical miles further into the Sound and threatens to bring a portion of the controversial Cape Wind project under state jurisdiction.

According to the article, a spokesman for the U.S. Minerals Management Service, the branch of the Department of the Interior responsible for determining state/federal boundaries, said that the change in the state boundary had nothing to do with the Cape Wind project, but was part of a nationwide reassessment. Massachusetts just happens to be the first reassessment completed.

Check out our previous post on the MA state boundary change for more background.

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