Cape Wind Project Gains Allies

Cape Wind Associates, who hope to build the first off-shore wind farm in the United States off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, received additional support from environmental groups against a recent proposal by a Massachusetts Attorney to suspend reviews of offshore wind proposals.

Boston, Massachusetts – November 8, 2002 [] The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), a New England environmental advocacy organization and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), an alliance of 50,000 concerned citizens and scientists, in a joint letter with Greenpeace USA, HealthLink and Cape Clean Air, urged federal lawmakers this week not to place review of offshore wind proposals on hold. The groups agree that ample public scrutiny of offshore wind proposals such as the Cape Wind project is essential and that Congress ultimately should provide a comprehensive statutory framework for Renewable Energy development on the outer continental shelf. They disagree, however, with Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly’s recent call for a moratorium on offshore wind power development. The public, as well as state and federal agencies – including the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), Coastal Zone Management Agency, Cape Cod Commission, and various resource and wildlife agencies – are participating extensively in the environmental review and permitting proceedings for the proposed Cape Wind project. “There is essentially no risk that the public and its elected representatives will not have an adequate opportunity to consider any aspect of the Cape Wind,” said Stephen Burrington, Vice President and General Counsel of the Conservation Law Foundation. “The review process is working thanks to the vigilance and aggressive use of National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental protection laws by the New England public. That is what is happening with Cape Wind now and what will always need to happen in any future scenario.” “New England and the United States need to start working now to develop wind energy projects that pass the rigorous scrutiny of the current review process,” said Deborah Donovan, Energy Research Coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists. “We can’t afford to delay the consideration of solutions to climate change like Renewable Energy that are within our reach today.”
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