Sullivan & Worcester Files Motion in Support of the Cape Wind Offshore Wind Energy Development
Boston, MA – November 16, 2011 – Sullivan & Worcester has filed a Motion for Leave to Participate as Amici Curiae (“Friends of the Court”) on behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) in support of the defendants in five pending federal cases challenging the government’s approvals of the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project. CLF, a New England focused public interest environmental advocacy organization, filed its motion together with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Mass Audubon. A favorable ruling on the motion will allow the three non-profit environmental organizations to assist the court in deciding the substantive legal issues in the case by offering their own experience and expertise.
The Cape Wind offshore wind energy project is the first offshore wind energy project to be approved in the United States. Approved in April 2010, the proposed project consists of 130 wind turbines generating approximately 420 megawatts of electricity. The project is to be located in federal waters in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs in the case, several local community groups, the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), are seeking to overturn the federal government’s 2010 approval of the project.
Sue Reid, Director of the Conservation Law Foundation in Massachusetts, said, “We are thrilled to have Sullivan & Worcester providing pro bono counsel as we seek to participate in the federal Cape Wind litigation. Having their talented team on our side is a real boon to our case as we seek to unleash the tremendous clean energy potential of offshore wind.” Sullivan & Worcester’s Environment & Natural Resources Group Leader, Jerome C. Muys, Jr., who is leading the firm’s effort, said, “We are proud to be a part of this historic alternative energy project. We look forward to assisting CLF as the process advances.”
CLF’s federal court filing comes after more than a decade of exhaustive review undertaken by state and federal authorities, and by CLF and others in the environmental community – review that served to ensure Cape Wind’s approval was based on sound science and data, and that the project was thoroughly vetted through an open and transparent public process. CLF’s support for the project reflects its findings that Cape Wind’s benefits far outweigh its impacts.
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