Embattled offshore wind project violated NEPA, ESA
Robin Bravender, E&E reporter | July 6, 2016
A long-stalled offshore wind project is facing new hurdles after federal judges today ruled that the government’s environmental approvals were unlawful.
The decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit marks a win for environmentalists challenging the Cape Wind offshore wind project planned for coastal Massachusetts. Permits for the project have been stalled in federal courts and agencies for more than a decade.
The court battle now promises to slog on even longer. A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit ruled today that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued a lease to the project, and that the Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to properly consider measures to minimize harm to migrating birds.
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