Description: Challenge to approval of the South Fork offshore wind energy project.
Kinsella v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/10/2022 Memorandum Opinion Download Motion to transfer granted. D.C. Federal Court Sent Offshore Wind Project Challenge to Eastern District of New York. The federal district court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to transfer a case challenging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) approval of the South Fork offshore wind energy project to the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiff claims that BOEM failed to consider adverse environmental impacts, including drinking water impacts of construction and impacts on the Atlantic cod population. The plaintiff also alleges that BOEM found that the project would help New York meet the mandates of the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) but that BOEM did not take into account that the project allegedly did not comply with the CLCPA’s requirements to minimize costs and to reduce negative impacts on disadvantaged communities. The plaintiff also asserted Coastal Zone Management Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information Act, and due process claims, as well as a claim of violation of Executive Order 12898, which addressed environmental justice. The district court in the District of Columbia found that public interest factors weighed strongly in favor of transferring the case and outweighed the plaintiff’s preference that venue be in the District of Columbia. 11/10/2022 Order Motion for a temporary restraining order denied. 11/02/2022 Motion Download Memorandum of law filed in support of emergency motion for a temporary restraining order. 07/20/2022 Complaint Download Complaint filed.