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Harris Amendment Could Kill Offshore Wind Project

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Talk of Congressman Andy Harris introducing an amendment regarding offshore wind has sparked controversy among environmentalists.

The Republican congressman representing Maryland's 1st District was said to be introducing an amendment before the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday night that could potentially kill the offshore wind project.

The amendment is said to limit offshore wind construction to 24 miles off the shoreline. But developers, U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind, are in the range of constructing 17 miles offshore.

Coast Keeper at Assateague Coastal Trust said that killing this project would be extremely detrimental to the Eastern Shore.

"This is not only going to provide tens of thousands of jobs to this entire region but is also going to improve public health and again, move Maryland forward as a truly green sustainable energy state," Phillips said.

Owner of the manufacturing company Toroid and its sister company Acron, Katarina Ennerfelt, said her biggest upset regarding this potential change is the loss of jobs.

"This means that businesses here that can provide a solution we will automatically be given an opportunity. We will not automatically be given the contracts but we will definitely have an opportunity because they want to find local content...and by us not taking part in that would be insane," Ennerfelt said.

"He is doing this looking out for the best interests of these polluting industries that contribute to his campaign as opposed to protecting the public health and the public interests of the State of Maryland," said Phillips regarding why Harris is making this move.

Harris was in the House Appropriations Committee when WBOC reached out to him and he was not available for comment.

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