Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Cape Wind Data Tower

Cape Wind Associates, who are developing what they hope will be the first U.S. offshore wind farm, announced a recent court victory regarding their scientific data tower. Although the tower is a crucial part of the wind farm’s preliminary study, it also served as a convenient first plan of attack for opponents of the 420 MW proposed project. Last Friday, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition of the Ten Taxpayers Citizens Group for review of the decision of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the Army Corps of Engineers granting of the permit for Cape Wind’s offshore data tower. The Ten Taxpayers argued that Cape Wind’s data tower was subject to the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, even though the data tower is located in Federal waters.

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