Fishers pose threat to Statoil's wind project in New York

A highly expensive offshore wind project off the US state of New York is being taken to court once again. Fishery organizations think that the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was negligent when awarding the lease of the project.

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An association of fishery organizations and companies is once again trying to stop Norwegian Statoil's 800 MW offshore wind project off US state of New York with a new lawsuit, reports North American Wind Power Tuesday.

The lawsuit not only impacts Statoil but also the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The group of plaintiffs, led by Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), claims that ahead of the lease awarding, the BOEM neglected to evaluate the consequences of a large offshore wind farm for the area's fishery. Furthermore, the FSF finds that the bureau did not live up to its obligation of showing consideration to current ocean users in the process. The lawsuit aims to cancel the lease.

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