A group of Nantuket residents have filed a lawsuit against the federal government for trying to stop the construction of the country’s first consumer-sized beach project 15 kilometers south of the island’s resort and 15 kilometers south of Martha’s vineyard.
In a lawsuit filed in Boston’s U.S. District Court on Wednesday, ACK residents’ Turbine Tenants said the Wine Energy Management Bureau did not conduct an adequate environmental assessment before approving the project in May.
The group also alleges that the Boom, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Oceanic Fisheries Project did not endanger the species of the federally endangered species, the 400 endangered North Atlantic right-wing whales.
In a press conference at the State House, Val Oliver, the group’s founder and director, said:
Mary Chalke, co-founder of the group, said the Green Wind Lighting would pave the way for the approval of at least five other wind farms along the East Coast, with more than 2,000 turbines per 2,000 square miles.
“We all need renewable energy,” says Chalk. “(But) this refers to a clean natural environment and industry.
Wind Farm Andrew Doba and Homeland Security spokesman both declined to comment.
“They are carefully assessing the situation,” said Kate Brogan, spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The other defendants did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“While we are still reviewing the complaint, it seems that this case has brought to the attention of the people who were charged with any crime,” said Tom Vinson, a member of the U.S. Air Force.
The project’s 62 wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power an estimated 400,000 homes by 2023, said Lars Pederson, CEO of the project in May. He also said it would create 3,600 jobs – half permanent, the other half under construction.
But for some, the project and others like it are still in the process of being planned, such as the Mifler wind, 20 miles south of Nantuket, the Massachusetts fishing and the lobster industry.
However, in May, the Biden administration issued final licenses to Winnipeg as part of a strong wind and renewable energy agenda.
The case will be the second when he tries to stop the project.