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Deepwater Wind, enviros reach deal on whales

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm •  Published: February 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The company planning a wind farm off the coast of Block Island has reached an agreement with an environmental group that both sides say will help protect endangered whales while the project is built.

Deepwater Wind and the Conservation Law Foundation on Monday announced an agreement under which Deepwater Wind will voluntarily change its planned construction period to minimize any potential impact on North Atlantic right whales.

The company had planned to begin driving steel piles into the ocean floor in April of whatever year construction begins. But it has agreed to hold off on that work until May 1.

The whales are known to feed in Rhode Island Sound during the month of April.

Construction is planned for 2014 or 2015.