CLF Statement on Today's Cape Cod Commission Cape Wind Vote | Conservation Law Foundation

CLF Statement on Today’s Cape Cod Commission Cape Wind Vote

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Boston, MA (October 18, 2007) – The Cape Cod Commission today voted on procedural grounds to deny the proposed offshore Cape Wind project a permit for an electrical line in state waters and lands. The region’s leading environmental advocacy organization, the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), called the vote unreasonable and unsupported by the record.

“Unfortunately, a different standard was applied to what should have been a routine permit for an electric cable,” said CLF staff attorney Sue Reid. “At a time when we should be embracing renewable energy projects that will help curb global warming and reduce dependence on foreign oil, Cape Wind continues to face unreasonable hurdles.”

Cape Wind, a proposed 130 turbine wind energy project in Nantucket Sound, has cleared state environmental and siting board review, yet still faces a series of state and federal permitting processes in addition to ongoing comprehensive federal environmental review.

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Cape Wind is entering its sixth year of permitting review and with over 15,000 pages of documentation already produced and issued, has already undergone more scrutiny and review than the fossil fuel-fired plants currently operating in Massachusetts. The Cape Wind project has already secured approval from the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB), which conducted its own 32-month adjudicatory review and found that Cape Wind’s power “is needed on reliability and economic grounds, and to meet the requirements of Massachusetts and regional renewable portfolio standards.”

The Conservation Law Foundation works to solve the environmental problems that threaten the people, natural resources and communities of New England. CLF’s advocates use law, economics and science to design and implement strategies that conserve natural resources, protect public health, and promote vital communities in our region. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization. It has offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire; Providence, Rhode Island; Montpelier, Vermont; and Brunswick, Maine.

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