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New Bedfrod Casino -Hurricane Watch 

New Bedford Casino; News Media Ignores Hurricane Warning & Safety 

New Bedford ,Massachusetts April 24, 2015

Public officials drop sights on New Bedfrod ocean wind turbine port financial fiasco now look for waterfront casino.

Casino.  The  same  news media, local and state officials  that  failed at the  ongoing 113 million dollar New Bedford  ocean port financial fiasco are now looking to build a casino on the New Bedford waterfront.

News media sources were always aware the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal had no federal permit to build and construct wind turbines and the 1965 hurricane gate only had a 120 legal width. Far to small for ocean wind turbine jack up barges.

History doesn't teach these people anything. The New Bedford hurricane barrier was built by 1965 standards it does not take into account sea level rise, SLR, and the increase in storm size due to climate change. 

Ignoring what happened to those dikes and levies approved by the Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans or Hurricane Sandy taking apart Jersey Shores.   

Are our public officials placing jobs and financial gain ahead of public saftey ? Have they read the most recent report about the hurricane barrier built by 1965 standards ?   

A recently released report brings major concern for New Bedford Harbor. The report is titled: " Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning Study for Water Quality  Infrastructure in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet. "  The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program funded the preparation of this report by SeaPlan under a contract with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to Cooperative Agreement CE96144201-3    

Page 1 under abstract :  The City of New Bedford and the neighboring Towns of Acushnet and Fairhaven are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise (SLR), especially in the event of a hurricane barrier failure in a storm.   

The results of the vulnerability analysis showed that hurricane barriers around New Bedford Harbor began to be compromised by Category 2 hurricanes with 4-foot SLR and Category 3 hurricanes at current mean higher high water (MHHW). At a Category 3 storm with 4-foot SLR, maximum inundation depths in the area would reach 32 feet. This scenario would also result in inundation at the site of 100% of Designated Port Areas, 36% of publically-owned structures, 26 pump stations, and one wastewater treatment facility.   

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In the worst case scenario, the surge elevation increases as it moves up the New Bedford Harbor from approximately 30 feet at the mouth of the Harbor just inside the hurricane barrier to 43 feet just north of the Acushnet border.  The worst case storms move approximately north and make landfall west of the site, meaning that hurricane winds and storm translational speed are additive  

Click here to read the entire report :    

  http://climate.buzzardsbay.org/download/seaplan-climate-vulnerability-new-bedford-area.pdf
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New Bedford The Cradle of Political Corruption ? 

"New Bedford has embarked on a series of bunco schemes of enormous consequence. The people who value intellectual honesty should not be quietly be fleeced by such mendacity, even from the government or media." 

Plague of Bad Choices Now Public Safety & Climate Change Report 

In Massachusetts i t's natural to think of New Bedford  when we think of  political corruption 

In 2010 Governor Patrick announced the building of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. The cost 35 million.  Since the departure of Governor Patrick the state was left 1.8 billion in debt.

New Bedford city officials, business leaders and state leaders  prior to construction of their ocean port  went on an all expense paid taxpayer trip to Bremerhaven, Germany to look at their  ocean wind turbine port  with a 3000 foot wide birth to the open ocean . The idea was to come back with a great story and sell the public on building an ocean wind port in New Bedford. They came back and told the public through the news media nothing but good news.

This is where from day one the New Bedford terminal went wrong. The legal width clearance at the harbor entrance to the 50 year old hurricane gates is only 120 feet. The largest ship ever to go through the gates was 82 feet wide. Ocean wind turbine barges don't fit through the gates. This is where the corruption and bizarre story starts with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.  

The ocean wind port for Cape Wind had already been built and permitted by BOEM, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management at Quonset Point, Rhode Island with crane service five years before the construction of the New Bedford terminal ever started. 

Massachusetts officials testified at legislative bond committee meetings they were 100 percent sure Cape Wind was going to build their turbines out of New Bedford all along knowing New Bedford had no federal permits and the hurricane gates were too narrow.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has now poured 113 million into the incomplete financial fiasco. The terminal sits today with no rail link, no cranes and a federal channel that needs to be dredged for 5 miles outside the hurricane gates to the ocean. In addition an AM radio station sits on four acres of the property. 

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center when asked about all this only says they are going into phase two.  MassCEC CEO  Alicia Barton  now  indicate s that a wide range of cargo could flow through the terminal — from fruit, to sand to heavy industrial boilers. This is how renewable energy tax receipts and green energy bonds were spent ? The interest alone being paid for by taxpayers on the bonds in $187,500.00 per month. 

Now comes the Casino. The New Bedford news media and politicians have been pushing Climate Change as a means to justify building the ocean wind turbine port. These politicians and green journalist have been touting the sea level change and increasing heat in the atmosphere. The New Bedford state and local politicians have pushed for an all out war on fossil fuels to justify spending hundreds of millions of dollars on an ocean wind turbine port with a 120 wide opening. 

New Bedford officials now want to build a 650 million dollar ocean front Casino at old toxic Cannon Street Power Plant behind a series of dikes and hurricane barrier built in 1965.

The New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier lies across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor. Construction of the New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier was completed in January 1966.The project is divided into three principal features: a barrier extending across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor with an extension dike on the mainland; Clarks Cove Dike in New Bedford; and Fairhaven Dike. Clarks Cove Dike consists of earthfill with stone slope protection.    Fairhaven Dike consists of earthfill with stone slope protection.  

The City of New Bedford and Fairhaven maintain the project, with the exception of the navigational gates and barrier extending across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor. The 50 year old gates are operated and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers  just like New Orleans in 2005. 

A 2014 climate change assessment shows that a category two hurricane or above would result in the inundation of the entire port areas . 

The public is being kept well in the dark over this report. The report remains hidden from the public because the climate change report interferes with the new agenda of building a casino that could very well put the public at risk. They took hundreds of millions of taxpayers money to build the incomplete ocean terminal there is only one thing left your safety and your life. 

The same people who for years have been describing Polar bears stuck on little pieces of ice, global warming,sea level rise don't want you to read the recent 2014 publication about sea level rise in New Bedford Harbor ? Now your public safety and global warming take a back seat to building a casino ? 
       
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning Study for Water Quality Infrastructure in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet 

http://climate.buzzardsbay.org/download/seaplan-climate-vulnerability-new-bedford-area.pdf

"  The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program funded the preparation of this report by SeaPlan under a contract with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to Cooperative Agreement CE96144201-3     

Page 1 under abstract :  The City of New Bedford and the neighboring Towns of Acushnet and Fairhaven are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise (SLR), especially in the event of a hurricane barrier failure in a storm.   

Dikes and Levee Systems New Orleans vs New Bedford similarities  

New Orleans, Louisiana 
In   August  of   2005 there were over 50 failures of the levees and flood walls protecting  New Orleans, Louisiana. The design and construction of the levee system belonged to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The primary cause of flooding was inadequate design and construction by the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1965 the  Corps of Engineers built a larger levee system  . The flooding of New Orleans is considered the worst engineering  catastrophe in US History  . Investigations found that a 1986 study by the corps itself that such separations were possible

New Bedford has embarked on a series of bunco schemes of enormous consequence. The people who value intellectual honesty should not be quietly be fleeced by such mendacity, even from the government or media. 
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Main Stream Media Puts Public At Risk Over Casinos 

New Bedford April 24. 2015 

Massachusetts 

News Media is putting jobs, cash incentives and casino dreams ahead of public safety. They are rolling the dice on public safety. 

News media bias is dangerous because of the way the New Bedford   Casino stories are reported with important details omitted . For years, 24/7 we have heard the constant harangue of climate change, sea level rise and the all out war of fossil fuels. We have been told of the melting polar ice caps in which a  warming  climate  can cause seawater to expand and ice over land to melt, both of which can cause a  rise  in  sea level .

One of the most successfully hushed-up news stories in history is the 2014 " Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning Study for Water Quality Infrastructure in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet."

  There is no official explanation or news story about the most recent story about sea level rise only an omission and a suppression of the news.  

The New Bedford media backed the ongoing financial fiasco at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal no questions asked. New Bedford never had a federal permit to build and construct commercial wind turbines and the hurricane gate as everyone knows only has a legal width clearance of 120 feet far to small for ocean wind turbine barges. The public has been left in the dark.

The next step in the story of the New Bedford Harbor fiasco is to place a waterfront casino behind a 50 year old hurricane barrier system with dikes into New Bedford and Fairhaven ignoring the most recent climate change sea level report.

This is what we the public know about the New Bedford Harbor and hurricane safety for a waterfront casino

Dikes and Levee Systems New Orleans vs New Bedford similarities 

New Orleans, Louisiana
In   August  of   2005 there were over 50 failures of the levees and flood walls protecting  New Orleans, Louisiana. The design and construction of the levee system belonged to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The primary cause of flooding was inadequate design and construction by the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1965 the  Corps of Engineers built a larger levee system  . The flooding of New Orleans is considered the worst engineering  catastrophe in US History  . Investigations found that a 1986 study by the corps itself that such separations were possible  . 

Could it happen again ? 

New Bedford, Massachusetts 
The New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier lies across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor.   Construction of the New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier was completed in January 1966.The project is divided into three principal features: a barrier extending across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor with an extension dike on the mainland; Clarks Cove Dike in New Bedford; and Fairhaven Dike.   Clarks Cove Dike consists of earthfill with stone slope protection.     Fairhaven Dike consists of earthfill with stone slope protection. 

The City of New Bedford and Fairhaven maintain the project, with the exception of the navigational gates and barrier extending across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor. The 50 year old gates are operated and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers

A 2014 climate change assessment shows that a category two hurricane or above would result in the inundation of the entire port areas        

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning Study for Water Quality Infrastructure in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet    


"  The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program funded the preparation of this report by SeaPlan under a contract with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to Cooperative Agreement CE96144201-3    

Page 1 under abstract :  The City of New Bedford and the neighboring Towns of Acushnet and Fairhaven are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise (SLR), especially in the event of a hurricane barrier failure in a storm.   

The results of the vulnerability analysis showed that hurricane barriers around New Bedford Harbor began to be compromised by Category 2 hurricanes with 4-foot SLR and Category 3 hurricanes at current mean higher high water (MHHW). At a Category 3 storm with 4-foot SLR, maximum inundation depths in the area would reach 32 feet. This scenario would also result in inundation at the site of 100% of Designated Port Areas, 36% of publically-owned structures, 26 pump stations, and one wastewater treatment facility.   

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In the worst case scenario, the surge elevation increases as it moves up the New Bedford Harbor from approximately 30 feet at the mouth of the Harbor just inside the hurricane barrier to 43 feet just north of the Acushnet border.  The worst case storms move approximately north and make landfall west of the site, meaning that hurricane winds and storm translational speed are additive    

http://climate.buzzardsbay.org/download/seaplan-climate-vulnerability-new-bedford-area.pdf

The public needs to be made aware of this report 
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Vestas Wind Turbine Noise Parts 1 thru 3 

Wind turbine victims describe Vestas wind turbine noise as torture. 
The symptoms include:
sleep disturbance
headache
ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
ear pressure
dizziness, vertigo
nausea
visual blurring
racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
irritability
problems with concentration and memory
panic episodes with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering which arise while awake or asleep

Part 1 
Erik Sloth is the Senior Specialist at Vestas Wind Systems in Denmark. Vestas has gained a market-leading position with more than 60 GW of installed wind turbines, comprising close to 19% of total global capacity.

A document from 2004 written by Erik Sloth has come to light recently that shows that Vestas have known about "Problems related to the use of the existing noise measurement standards when predicting noise from wind turbines and wind farms." for the last ten years.
We have to insist that proper unbiased noise monitoring is done on existing sites with a range of both wind speeds and terrain differences / atmospheric conditions to give us an honest close idea as to what noise will be experienced by building of turbines with the same dimensions. 
Then background noise at the properties near the planned site should be undertaken also by an unbiased company, over a period giving a full spectrum of weather events. No one should have to suffer an increase of noise of >5 dBA above the existing levels at their homes.

It is all very well for the wealthy wind industry to keep paying for so called health professionals to poo poo health effects due to noise impacts but we need the truth.

Breaches of UN Convention Against Torture 


http://www.epaw.org/documents/Letter_to_Slovenia%20SARAH%20LAURI%20WAUBRA%20F.pdf

Part 2 Ditlev Engel Chief Executive Officer Vestas wind company:
Letter from Vestas worried about regulation of low-frequency noise  
Author:  Engel, Ditlev
Dear Karen Ellemann,*
Following previous correspondence, I am writing this letter to express my concern regarding the limits for low frequency noise from wind turbines now being proposed.
"At this point you may have asked yourself why it is that Vestas does not just make changes to the wind turbines so that they produce less noise? The simple answer is that at the moment it is not technically possible to do so, and it requires time and resources because presently we are at the forefront of what is technically possible for our large wind turbines, and they are the most efficient of all."

Yours sincerely,
Vestas Wind Systems A/S
[Signature]
Ditlev Engel
Chief Executive Officer


https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/letter-from-vestas-worried-about-regulation-of-low-frequency-noise/


Part 3 Falmouth Massachusetts 

August 3, 2010 
Mr. Gerald Potamis 
WasteWater Superintendent 
Town of Falmouth Public Works 
59 Town Hall Square 
Falmouth, MA 02540 

RE: Falmouth WWTF Wind Energy Facility II “Wind II”, Falmouth, MA 
Contract No. #3297 

Dear Mr. Potamis, 

Due to the sound concerns regarding the first wind turbine installed at the wastewater treatment facility, the manufacturer of the turbines, Vestas, is keen for the Town of Falmouth to understand the possible noise and other risks associated with the installation of the second wind turbine. 

The Town has previously been provided with the Octave Band Data / Sound performance for the V82 turbine. This shows that the turbine normally operates at 103.2dB but the manufacturer has also stated that it may produce up to 110dB under certain circumstances. These measurements are based on IEC standards for sound measurement which is calculated at a height of 10m above of the base of the turbine. 

We understand that a sound study is being performed to determine what, if any, Impacts the second turbine will have to the nearest residences. Please be advised that should noise concerns arise with this turbine, the only option to mitigate normal operating sound from the V82 is to shut down the machine at certain wind speeds and directions. Naturally this would detrimentally affect power production. 

The manufacturer also needs confirmation that the Town of Falmouth understands they are fully responsible for the site selection of the turbine and bear all responsibilities to address any mitigation needs of the neighbors. 

Finally, the manufacturer has raised the possibility of ice throw concerns. Since Route 28 is relatively close to the turbine, precautions should be taken in weather that may cause icing. 

To date on this project we have been unable to move forward with signing the contract with Vestas. The inability to release the turbine for shipment to the project site has caused significant [SIC] delays in our project schedule. In order to move forward the manufacturer requires your understanding and acknowledgement of these risks. We kindly request for this acknowledgement to be sent to us by August 4, 2010, as we have scheduled a coordination meeting with Vestas to discuss the project schedule and steps forward for completion of the project. 

Please sign in the space provided below to indicate your understanding and acknowledgement of this letter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me. 


Sincerely, 

(Bruce Mabbott’s signature) 
___________________ 
Bruce Mabbott Gerald Potamis 
Project Manager Town of Falmouth 


CC: Sumul Shah, Lumus Construction, Inc. 
(Town of Falmouth’s Wind-1 and Wind-2 Construction contractor) 

Stephen Wiehe, Weston & Sampson 
(Town of Falmouth’s contract engineers) 

Brian Hopkins, Vestas 
(Wind-1, Wind-2’s turbine manufacturer, and also Webb/NOTUS turbine) 

http://www.windaction.org/posts/41357-vestas-raises-concerns-about-turbine-noise-letter#.VRKmG_nF9-c
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Cape Cod CVEC - Your 4 Million Dollars 


Re: CVEC “A Shining Star” According to Mass Clean Energy -- And Recipient of Millions of Dollars of Illegal Transfers of CLC Ratepayer Funds, According to the MA Attorney General

Re: CVEC’s Partners, and Host Towns, Sued by Boston Based Electrical Contractor, Fischbach & Moore, For Failure to Pay

Another day, another CVEC ribbon cutting to celebrate the “success” of CVEC in building renewable energy facilities for the benefit of CVEC Host Towns through the illegal diversion of funds from the ratepayers of the Cape Light Compact.

The Massachusetts Attorney General has stated that the Cape Light Compact’s transfers of $4 million to CVEC were blatantly illegal.

Meanwhile, virtually all of the partners and contractors in CVEC’s Round 1 and Round 2 renewable energy projects -- and all of the Host Towns -- are embroiled in a welter of lawsuits with claims, and counter-claims, for failure on the part of the “financiers” to pay developers; failure of the developers to pay the contractors; failure of “financiers” and developers to pay financial intermediaries; and a multitude of other claims, and counter claims, regarding performance failures and breach of contract issues.

Additionally, there is the looming possibility that the Attorney General, and/or some group of CLC ratepayer litigants, may sue the Compact, CVEC and member municipalities to recover millions of dollars of illegally transferred funds and additional millions of dollars in revenue that was promised to the Cape Light Compact -- in exchange for its illegal financial support of CVEC -- but which was forfeited by a handful of CLC and CVEC Board members acting together, without the knowledge or approval of the Cape Light Compact Governing Board.

At this latest celebration of the CVEC’s “success,” CVEC officials, including Vice President Charles McLaughlin (also Assistant Town Counsel for Barnstable) have once again neglected to mention that the development of this project -- and the stream of benefits flowing to the CVEC Host Town, the Town of Barnstable -- have been made possible through the CLC / CVEC complex’s misappropriation of other people’s money to pay all of the costs.  

The equation is quite simple:  
The Cape Light Compact Ratepayers have involuntarily contributed 100% of the development costs of these projects - through illicit contributions to CVEC - but will receive0% of the financial benefits.  

-The CVEC Host Towns have contributed 0% of the development costs of the projects, but will receive 100% of the financial benefits that do not accrue to the swarm of private partners (who are currently all suing each other and the CVEC Host Towns).  

Mr. McLaughlin - who has been instrumental, as a founding member, former President and permanent member of the CVEC executive committee, in arranging the illegal diversion of these CLC ratepayer funds to CVEC for the benefit of the Host Towns -- is adamant that there is nothing wrong with this practice.

The Attorney General begs to differ, saying that this is “  not a close case,” and that the coordinated efforts of the interlocking boards of the Cape Light Compact and Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative to steer CLC Ratepayer funds to CVEC, is blatantly illegal.

The Mass Clean Energy Center -- like the CLC / CVEC Member Municipalities who violated their fiduciary responsibility to the CLC Ratepayers and effected the imposition of illegal taxes and illegal transfers of funds to CVEC -- chooses to ignore that inconvenient fact that CVEC’s projects were built with money that was misappropriated from CLC ratepayers for the benefit of the CLC / CVEC towns that control both entities, without providing any benefits to the ratepayers. To the Mass CEC, CVEC is a “shining star.”

But then again, it was the Mass Clean Energy Center that provided us with the Falmouth Wind disaster that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars and has destroyed the health and well-being of dozens of innocent families. That would be the same Mass CEC that responded to Falmouth’s plea for financial relief to defray the cost of decommissioning the wind turbines by providing millions of dollars of additional subsidies to keep the wind turbines running and to pay Falmouth’s legal expenses in suing the victims.

When will the recalcitrant board members and municipalities of CLC and CVEC, the Falmouth Board of Selectmen and the Mass Clean Energy learn that they cannot willfully violate their fiduciary responsibilities to ratepayers and taxpayers, or violate the legitimate rights of private residents, by merely wrapping themselves in the virtuous cloth of “green energy,” proclaiming that because their intentions are noble, any means of achieving their goal is justified.  

One can only hope that the day of reckoning -- when the Attorney General and/or Inspector General finally debunk this self-serving charade of a “noble purpose” and demonstrate that CLC, CVEC and their unethical board members and member municipalities and the Town of Falmouth -- have, in fact, all pursued these projects for an obvious, and ignoble, purpose: i.e. for financial gain at the expense of others.

It is time for CLC and CVEC to stop crowing about stealing money from the CLC Ratepayers and gloating over the “benefits” of using someone else’s money -- money that they were entrusted to manage -- to build their projects.  
It is time for the Attorney General and Inspector General to put an end to this fraud, waste and abuse of the most potent governmental apparatus ever constructed -- and transparently misused -- on Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard.

Click here to read the other version of this opinion : http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20150423/NEWS/150429766/0/Sports
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New Bedford Ocean Wind Turbine Port Headed To 200 Million Is the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal ocean wind turbine port headed to 200 million ? If it is the public is never going to find out that's for sure. How many hundreds of millions is it going to cost ? The final cost of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is lost from public view for some reason. The New Bedford ocean wind turbine port was announced in 2010 by Governor Patrick at around 35 million. Today 6 months prior to the completion of the local terminal rumor has it that the project is already way over budget because of cost overruns. The project is nearing 100 million today with December being the completion date. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Senior Director of Offshore Wind has commented on the project but has never disclosed where the finances are on the project today. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is in charge of the project. Governor Patrick appears to be pushing for completion of the project by the end of the year at any cost. At any cost to who ? Where is all the extra money coming from to complete this project by the end of the year ? Why all the extra money to get the project done by December if Quonset Point ,Rhode Island is the construction port for Cape Wind ? The local spokesman for the New Bedford Wind Energy Center said that their is nothing being built like the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal to compete with the New Bedford Port. He is correct but Quonset Point, Rhode Island has already been built and is complete with crane service. Quonset Point, RI is the permitted construction base for Cape Wind. Richard J. Sullivan Jr., secretary of energy and environmental affairs told a house bonding committee that Cape Wind was going to do all the construction from the 200 million dollar wind turbine port In addition to New Bedford a wind turbine blade testing facility in Charlestown was built at a cost of around 40 million dollars two years ago. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center also built the Charlestown facility.The wind turbine blade testing facility has only tested one large blade and the manufacturers name was not disclosed. The terminal has been idle. Cape Wind signed a lease with Quonset Point, Rhode Island. - Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton said the port will transport fruit, sand and heavy industrial boilers rather than wind turbines . Massachusetts officials need to be brought up on RICO, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations charges.
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