- Sep 16, 2021 7:41 pm GMT
"A second group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the government's approval of the offshore wind project that is expected to generate cleaner electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts starting in late 2023.
A coalition of fishing industry groups called the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Monday to review the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's approval of the Vineyard Wind I project, arguing that the green light "adds unacceptable risk" to the fishing industry without addressing its long-held concerns.
'This is a precedent-setting decision by (the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management), and it is critical that they get it right so that future projects are following a trusted roadmap instead of a flawed and dangerous example," Anne Hawkins, executive director of the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, said. "Unfortunately, this lawsuit is the only recourse fishermen have to ensure the fishing communities' concerns are addressed.'"
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