Description: Lawsuit challenging the federal reviews of the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind project.
ACK Residents Against Turbines v. U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/25/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Nantucket Residents Challenged Federal Approvals of Offshore Wind Project. Nantucket residents filed a lawsuit in federal court in Massachusetts alleging that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s environmental review of the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind project did not comply with NEPA. The complaint alleged deficiencies in the environmental impact statement’s consideration of greenhouse gases (GHG) , including inadequate analysis and disclosure of construction-related emissions and operational emissions. The complaint also alleged that BOEM failed to account for “GHG reduction benefits of whales and how the Project and the other offshore wind projects, by causing whale mortality, will cause those benefits to disappear.” In addition to their NEPA claim, the plaintiffs asserted that the federal defendants violated the procedural and substantive requirements of the Endangered Species Act by failing to ensure that the project would not jeopardize the survival of the North Atlantic Right Whale and other federally listed species.