Gov. Deval Patrick speaks Monday at the groundbreaking for the Marine Commerce Terminal project in New Bedford. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News
By Steve Klamkin WPRO News
Ground was broken Monday in New Bedford for a $100 million marine terminal to support cargo operations as well as construction of the new Cape Wind wind turbine project off the Massachusetts coast.
Officials say that the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal project will help make Massachusetts a leader in clean energy initiatives.
"Think of all of the energy independence that comes," from wind energy, said Gov. Deval Patrick at a dockside ceremony Monday morning.
"Being able to determine our own future, being able to free ourselves from the volatility in prices. All of those things are about building how we build a stronger future."
On Tuesday night, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will hold an informational public meeting in New Bedford as it develops plans for the new terminal. According to the Center, about 250,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment must be dredged and removed from New Bedford Harbor before construction of the terminal can proceed.