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Tribe's bid to delay B.I. wind farm project denied

A federal judge in Providence has denied a motion from the Narragansett Indian Tribe to delay the construction of a transmission cable as part of Deepwater Wind's forthcoming offshore wind farm on Block Island.

Judge John McConnell Jr. ruled against the tribe's request for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction on Monday.

The Narragansett had filed a complaint against National Grid and other defendants alleging the tribe wasn't properly notified after artifacts were unearthed during construction on the cable. Deepwater Wind contracted National Grid to build part of the transmission system for what will be the country's first offshore wind farm.

National Grid argued the company followed its memorandum of understanding with the tribe.

The Narragansett plan to appeal McConnell's decision.



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