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Group to file lawsuit Wednesday against wind farm planned for waters off Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

“The construction of these turbines is set to take place in a nexus of activity of the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered baleen whale with a population of fewer than 400 specimens remaining in the world,” the group said in a statement Tuesday. The group also launched a website, ackrats.com, where it said, “We are concerned with the adverse impacts from the increased construction vessel traffic, pile driving, and operational noise on the critically endangered,” whales.

A group of “concerned citizens say they plan to file a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed at stopping the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind project and others slated to follow.

Nantucket Residents Against Turbines is attempting to first stop Vineyard Wind, which plans to build at least 62 wind turbines 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

“The construction of these turbines is set to take place in a nexus of activity of the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered baleen whale with a population of fewer than 400 specimens remaining in the world,” the group said in a statement Tuesday.

The group also launched a website, ackrats.com, where it said, “We are concerned with the adverse impacts from the increased construction vessel traffic, pile driving, and operational noise on the critically endangered,” whales.

The plaintiffs will hold a press conference about the lawsuit at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday outside the State House. The press conference will be available on Facebook after the event.

Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Vineyard Wind, said, “We can’t comment on the pending ACKRATS litigation.”

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A group of “concerned citizens say they plan to  file a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed at stopping the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind project and others slated to follow.

Nantucket Residents Against Turbines is attempting to first stop Vineyard Wind, which plans to build at least 62 wind turbines 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

“The construction of these turbines is set to take place in a nexus of activity of the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered baleen whale with a population of fewer than 400 specimens remaining in the world,” the group said in a statement Tuesday.

The group also launched a website, ackrats.com, where it said, “We are concerned with the adverse impacts from the increased construction vessel traffic, pile driving, and operational noise on the critically endangered,” whales.

The plaintiffs will hold a press conference about the lawsuit at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday outside the State House. The press conference will be available on Facebook after the event.

Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Vineyard Wind, said, “We can’t comment on the pending ACKRATS litigation.”

The 62 Vineyard Wind wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power approximately 400,000 homes by the time the project is completed in 2023, CEO Lars Pedersen said in May. He also said it will create about 3,600 jobs — half of them permanent, the other half construction jobs.

But some fear the project and others like it that are still in the planning stage, such as Mayflower Wind, 20 miles south of Nantucket, also could irreparably harm Massachusetts fishing and lobstering industries where they will be built.

The Biden administration in May issued final permits for Vineyard Wind as part of an aggressive offshore wind and renewable energy agenda.


Source: https://www.bostonherald.co...

AUG 24 2021
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