September 13 (Hfrance. en) - A US fishing group sued the Biden administration on Monday for its approval of the huge Aeoli projectin offshore Vineyard Wind off the east coast, claiming the government had failed to address industry concerns about its potential impacts on safety and the environment.
This development is the latest in a series of clashes between the fishing industry and public and private efforts to create a new national renewable energy industry to help wean the economy off fossil fuels and fight climate change.
Fisheries interests see offshore wind as a threat to catches of critical stocks, including squid, scallops and clams, claiming the huge wind turbines would interfere with navigation and alter habitats. If built, Vineyard Wind would be the country's first large offshore wind farm.
The Alliance for Developmentoffshore manager, which defends the interests of the offshore wind development fishing industry, said it has filed a brief petition with the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. The petition asks the court to review the administration 's approval of the project.
"This action is the culmination of many years of conscientious participation of fishing professionals, only to see their expertise and value summarily ignored by decision-makers during the hire process, "the alliance said in a statement.
The Biden administration approved Vinewind in May. The facility is jointly owned by Avangrid Inc (AGR.N) , based in Orange, Connecticut, and Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, and will be sokilled 23 km off the coast of Massachusetts near Martha 's Vineyard.
The offshore wind farm is a centerpiece of Pr l President Joe Biden's agenda to fight global warming. His administration seeks to add 30 gigawatts of power source to the country's waters in just nine years.
Opposition from commercial fishing fleets is widely considered to be a major threat to this goal and has already contributed to delays in granting permits for the country's first commercial scale projects. Report by Nichola Groom; edited by Jonathan Oatis
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