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Bill That Delays Wind Farm Gets Preliminary Approval In Maryland Senate

The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill stalling a wind-farm project off the coast of the state's Eastern Shore. It's already passed the House of Delegates.

At issue is whether the wind farm would affect radar at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay. Supporters of the bill want more time to study it, while opponents say the important questions have already been answered. They view the bill as an attempt to kill the wind-farm project. But Democrat Mac Middleton of southern Maryland says that's wrong.

"I don't know why it's felt that this legislation kills their project. All it does is delays it for 13 months. That's all it does. And it can move forward after 13 months," Middleton says.

Earlier this week, protestors drove tractors decorated with paper windmills around the statehouse as they asked the Senate to stop the bill. That effort now appears now to have been in vain.

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