Priscilla Brooks

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Beyond Cape Wind: New England’s Clean Energy Future is Now
by Priscilla Brooks

Earlier this month, Cape Wind filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss its appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board decision denying the company’s request for an extension of permits enabling the connection of the proposed offshore wind facility in Nantucket Sound with the electric grid. This is the…

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President Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Protected Area
by Priscilla Brooks

President Obama announced today a massive expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, more than quadrupling the size of the existing monument and thereby creating the world’s largest marine protected area. We’re grateful for the hard work of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), a real ocean champion who helped rally the…

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The Northeast Regional Ocean Plan: What You Need to Know (and How to Take Action)
by Priscilla Brooks

Recently, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) released a draft of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan, a groundbreaking document that will guide future decision making about how we manage ocean resources in New England. The RPB, comprising representatives from each New England state, six federally recognized tribes, nine federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management…

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Governor Baker: The People Have Spoken, and They Want a Marine National Monument
by Priscilla Brooks

The people of New England, and especially Massachusetts, have spoken – and they want a Marine National Monument in the Atlantic. More than 160,000 people have signed their name in support of a monument designation, including over 10,000 from Massachusetts alone. We’ve received public letters of support from coastal businesses, faith-based organizations, and aquaria. And…

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Earth Day Irony: Ocean Habitat Faces Threat of Destruction
by Priscilla Brooks

This Earth Day, the spectacular underwater ecosystem known as Cashes Ledge faces the threat of destruction. Take action now to protect Cashes Ledge. Located in the Gulf of Maine, only about 80 miles from the coast, Cashes Ledge is a remarkable and irreplaceable ocean habitat. A governmental body known as the New England Fishery Management…

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White House Releases National Ocean Policy Report
by Priscilla Brooks

Today, the White House released its Report on the Implementation of the National Ocean Policy highlighting the progress it has made in the last year. The following is a statement from Priscilla Brooks, Director of Conservation Law Foundation’s Ocean Conservation Program: “The ocean is the bedrock of New England culture and supports a thriving coastal economy.…