BANGOR, Maine — A group of year-round Monhegan Island residents is asking the partners in the Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project to move their proposed turbines further away from the island.

Travis Dow, a spokesman for the newly formed group, Protect Monhegan, said the two proposed 600-foot tall turbines would do irreparable harm to the island community.

“Given the choice, everybody would like them to move away — there’s way too many unknowns,” Dow said. “There were two other sites that were deemed usable by the University of Maine when they did the site selection process. One of them was Boone Island, which is down in the southern Maine area, and one of them was Damariscove Island, right off Boothbay. Both of those islands are uninhabited.”

The Aqua Ventus partners are Emera Inc., Cianbro Corp., and UMaine and its Advanced Structures & Composites Center.

Speaking for the university, Jake Ward said a number of Monhegan residents support the project and that re-siting the turbines is not an option at this point.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.