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Piping Plovers Whip Up Legal Seas for Cape Cod Offshore Wind Farm

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By: SGN Staff

The Interior Department's recent approval of the 130-turbine Cape Wind offshore wind farm proposed for Cape Cod's Nantucket Sound has been challenged in federal district court. Plaintiffs allege that Cape Wind will "exact a terrible toll" on protected migratory birds and could endanger whales, according to the Boston Globe newspaper. Despite the almost 10 years it took the Interior Department to approve the project, the suit charges that the feds failed to collect information on how it would impact bird migration and whales and that they were unwilling to provide protection for rare roseate terns and piping plovers. Cape Wind developers dismissed the claims as both expected and groundless, citing support from the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Greenpeace and Oceana, an ocean conservation group.

 

Quick Take: Smart Grid initiatives that shake up the status quo, particularly renewable energy technologies, are being routinely challenged as the intelligent electric grid takes shape. It's a given. While we can't assess the merits of the lawsuit, it’s hard to imagine the issues raised weren’t addressed during the extremely drawn-out approval process.

 

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