BOSTON (AP) -- The Cape Wind offshore wind project is set to begin an extensive survey of the area in Nantucket Sound where they plan to build a 130-turbine wind farm.
The survey begins Friday and continues through early fall. The first step involves acoustic imaging to map the seafloor. Then, sampling will be done ensure no Native American artifacts will be disturbed and to analyze the soil, followed by deeper soil borings.
Cape Wind hopes to begin construction next year and produce power in 2015.
Critic Audra Parker of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound said Cape Wind faces major obstacles before construction, including four federal lawsuits.
She also noted three lawmakers have called for a federal probe after documents obtained by her group indicated the Federal Aviation Administration felt political pressure to approve Cape Wind.