CAPE WIND THE UNDEAD
As legal pleadings and rulings go, Cape Wind is the poster-project for litigation. Cape Wind now appears shunned by many green pols who may fear its demise could affect their future earrings in the green private sector. But, Cape Wind limps forward even if without the blessing of MA Governor Baker.
There's Cape Wind Federal Register activity again-
"In response Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Wind Energy ...
Federal Register (.gov) › 2017/08/04 › fi...
Aug 4, 2017 - On July 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the 2009 Cape Wind Energy Project ..."
Fast forward to October 2017, Cape Wind's lease for 46 ocean Acres has been reaffirmed by the President Trump Administration.
In the interest of disclosure, I'm a Plaintiff v Cape Wind/DOI weighing options with co-Plaintiffs in light of the government's reaffirmation of Cape Wind's lease.
In hindsight, only Cape Wind's political capital and our money have inched this meritless project forward.
Cape Wind, according to the Peer Review Committee consisting of six internationally recognized experts on offshore wind, who reviewed the project draft EIS produced by U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, should only have advanced as a test pilot, a small-scale offshore wind project.
How stupid are regulators who ignore wind industry experts who very publicly stated they lacked confidence in the product they sell? (Very stupid). Experts' advice is weighted less by government bureaucrats who exist to facilitate political will. Public safety concerns don't even register with these Zombies.
Before the 2001 Cape Wind unsolicited application for lease, before the U.S. Army Corp 4,000 page project DEIS, there was a "Cape Wind" test-pilot offshore Arklow, Ireland, installed by GE. It featured Cape Wind specs as (7) GE 3.6 MW land-based turbines that GE modified for offshore use. GE "discontinued" this turbine that was the entire focus of the 4,000 page DEIS for Cape Wind.
The GE "discontinued" wind turbine was also the focus of MMS 4,000 page Cape Draft EIS when the Energy Policy Act of 2005 made DOI MMS lead federal regulator for offshore wind. Undeterred by the phantom utility-scale offshore wind project due to failure, GE's failure, the State, Feds and utilities debated "discontinued" wind turbines at a cost to taxpayers of multi-millions, while we were already on the hook for multi-billions by greens' pols introduction of wind energy legislation.
What have taxpayers to show for funding, for several years, 17 Cape Wind 4,000 page DEIS reviewing entities under the Army Corps, and for our funding the MMS to do the same for their 4,000 page Cape Wind DEIS? (Nothing!)
DOI MMS, now called DOI BOEM, for several years, conducted hardware-specific studies to determine impacts of "discontinued" wind turbines on every imaginable value, from public safety to avian, marine life, environmentally sensitive Essential Fish Habitats, fishing grounds, Tribal Cultural Property, NHLs and historic properties to name a few. The Feds and state held numerous Public Hearings, engaged in litigation, over a product that had failed yet was deemed reliable as required under state and federal laws, and even met the condition of MMS for a lease as a reliable energy source, even while it was "discontinued" by the manufacturer.
That's consistent with the definition of FRAUD.
But, the government is not accountable to the people. And, even while the DOI MMS, now called BOEM, is a "culture of ethical failure", Cape Wind and all other offshore wind projects, share this lead federal regulator DOI BOEM. The MMS ethically challenged culture condemnation is the opinion of the U.S. Office of Inspector General who caught MMS employees accepting bribes from oil and gas industry reps with whom they slept and did cocaine.
Nothing good comes from a "culture of ethical failure".
Truth outs, but only by persistence.
Few journalists dare to buck Big Wind such as Christine Morabito has.
Christine, as an active MA Audubon Member, is not afraid to call out MAS conflict in regard to their multi-million dollar carcass-counting-contract-condition of support for Cape Wind, funded by Cape Wind.
Below is Chistine's Part 4 'Cape Wind Project a Tale of Crony Environmentalism'