Hyannis, Mass (April 2017) – Saying major victories have been achieved but crucial steps are still needed to stop construction of 130 Cape Wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound has created a new website highlighting the need to end the private developer’s lease to 46 square miles of the Sound and protect it from future development.
“Working together with fishermen, pilots, business groups, Indian Tribes, homeowners, legislators, and other environmental groups, we have had huge success over the past few years – Cape Wind has lost contracts to sell their expensive power and state permits to bring their power ashore,” said Audra Parker, President and CEO of the Alliance. “However, a new and streamlined website was needed to let people know the fight is not over. Cape Wind still holds a federal lease which gives them development rights to part of the Sound through the year 2041.”
Cape Wind recently made a payment to the federal government continuing its long-term lease to the seabed. At the same time, lawyers for the company said in court that Cape Wind is still on track to build. “This project is going forward unequivocally,” Cape Wind attorney Christopher Marraro told U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton during a December 8 status conference in Washington D.C., according to a transcript of the proceedings.
The Department of the Interior, which issued the lease in 2010, has recently begun supplemental review of Cape Wind as a result of a victory last summer in federal appeals court by the Alliance, the Town of Barnstable, and other plaintiffs. The agency has announced that the new review will result in one of two outcomes – the agency will either rescind Cape Wind’s lease or reinstate it.
“All of us who have invested our time, energy, and money in fighting this misuse of Nantucket Sound need to take Cape Wind at their word: They are still trying to build,” said Parker. “Interior’s supplemental review presents a great opportunity to end the project once and for all. Please go to the new website to see what you can do to help protect the Sound for generations to come.” Visit the new website at www.saveoursound.org.