NRDC, CLF, & Mass Audubon Statement Welcoming Cape Wind Federal Court Decision

Media contacts:
Kate Kiely, Natural Resources Defense Council, kkiely@nrdc.org, 212-727-4592
Emily Dahl, Conservation Law Foundation, edahl@clf.org, 978-394-3506
Jack Clarke, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, Mass Audubon, jclarke@massaudubon.org, 617-962-5187

BOSTON, MA  March 14, 2014 – In response to today’s federal court decision regarding Cape Wind, Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Mass Audubon issued the following joint statement. For further comment from each organization, please contact each the appropriate media contact.

“Today’s federal court decision overwhelmingly rejects opponents’ claims against the government’s approval of Cape Wind, the first offshore wind project to be proposed and approved in the United States. Cape Wind is now one step closer to construction, after more than a decade of perseverance. In the meantime, American offshore wind power is ramping up off every coast—East, West, Gulf—and in the Great Lakes. NRDC, Conservation Law Foundation and Mass Audubon will continue to support the Cape Wind project and the development of sustainable, pollution-free American offshore wind energy, as this new industry takes flight.”

Sue Reid, Conservation Law Foundation VP and Director, CLF Massachusetts said:

“Today’s federal court decision is welcome news and comes not a moment too soon. Now more than ever we need the tremendous clean energy benefits that offshore wind is uniquely able to provide. We are confident that further procedural steps can be completed without delay, setting the stage for Cape Wind to produce clean power off our shores.”

Related documents:

Order summarizing the Court Decision

Full Court Decision

Cape Wind’s press release regarding the decision