Environmentalists Challenge Botched Wildlife Review of Offshore Wind Power Project

On behalf of a coalition of nine individuals and environmental organizations, we filed a lawsuit last week in federal district court alleging that the Minerals Management Service and other officials in the U.S. Department of Interior violated wildlife and environmental laws in granting Cape Wind Associates permission to build 130 wind turbines in federal waters off the Massachusetts coast. Our complaint argues that allowing the project to go forward without further review under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act risks grave harm to Roseate Terns, Piping Plovers, other migratory birds, and the critically imperiled North Atlantic Right Whale.