Skip to comments.Appeals court overturns key Cape Wind clearance
Posted on 10/28/2011 8:51:50 PM PDT by quantim
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the Federal Aviation Administration's ruling that Cape Wind's turbines present no danger for local air traffic.
The decision could further delay construction of the wind farm first proposed a decade ago.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the FAA misread its own rules when assessing Cape Wind, which aims to be the nation's first offshore wind farm.
The court said the FAA did not adequately determine whether Cape Wind's 130 turbines - each 440-feet tall - would pose a danger to pilots relying on sight rather than the plane's instruments.
The court vacated the government's "no hazard" finding and sent the case back to the FAA, agreeing with plaintiffs that "the FAA did misread its regulations."
The project has faced relentless opposition since it was first proposed in 2001 for Nantucket Sound, off Massachusetts. Critics say its power would be too costly and the wind farm will spoil beautiful vistas, while posing environmental and navigational threats.
The court ruling came in an appeal of the FAA finding by the town of Barnstable and the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. The decision could mean further delays for the $2.6 billion project.
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Judges probably have homes on the vinyahhhd.
Thanks, was about to do that.
Give us taxpayers that $2.6 billion back.
Sorry, mate, that cash was p*ssed away in the blink of an eye.
Even the greenies say NIMBY.
I do not know what arrangements were made to enhance the visibility of the windmills to low flying pilots. Towers generally have red lights chasing upwards at night. Doing something like that with the windmills might make them even uglier to the greenies.
all the wind haters should take note, this is nothing more than the Kennedy-Kerry Bahstahn and Mathaaaahs Vihnyahd elitists working their nasty tricks through politics to do what they’ve failed to do in open court to restrict free market capitalism.
Some animals are more equal than others.
Despite popular perceptions, Nantucket, the Vineyard, and Cape Cod do contain a majority of working middle class people who do not support these wind turbines for a variety of reasons. But, thank goodness there are also influential people that live there and do not want their views spoiled because without them, there would be monstrous wind turbines looming in the Ocean right now.One thing about the wealthy, particularly those on the East Coast, they do tend to preserve some very nice things that would otherwise be destroyed by developers.
Seeing the Greenie’s infighting is a beautiful thing.
It's their own little slice of heaven don't you know. Thank goodness they are “protecting” the Surf from the “Serfs”.
I'm still trying to understand your point. The Rich who want the Wind Turbines, Power Plants and Solar Farms out of their line of sight but in the “commoner's” back yards are to be respected? These are the same people with 20,000 square foot Mansions who think your Carbon Footprint is unacceptable and should be reduced by Government mandate.
The definition of “Pilot in command” means flying into anything under VFR conditions IS the pilot’s fault.
Must be a “bought and paid for by the Kennedy’s” judge.
A good result, but likely for the wrong reason.
The problem with Cape Wind is that it will result in grossly overpriced electricity, and it was not the product of competitive bidding.
I was for it until I heard about the financial details. If the Kerry’s, Kennedy’s, and others worried about their view had argued on the basis of economics rather than hypocritically on the basis of the environment or the sacred offshore Indian burial grounds, the project would have had wider opposition.
Regarding the wealthy and their “protection” of the landscape, what I wanted to say, and perhaps did so badly, was that here on the East Coast, and in particular Long Island, the wealthy have managed to preserve a good deal of the natural landscape. Maybe this is the inadvertent result of their own selfishness, but the end product is the same. THe north shore of Long ISland where much of the wealth is concentrated,has preserved historic homes, and landscape in a far more appealing way than on the more plebian south shore where shopping malls and parking lots are prolific. Perhaps in Massachusetts there are the Kerry types who are hypocrites, and I am sure there are, but I travel there every summer and most of the people I meet on the Cape and surrounding areas are just like you and me, and that includes I would think lots of the well to do folks who are not automatically in the Kennedy type group who are out of touch with any reality except their own.
Guess you haven't been to Biscayne Bay in Miami.
Brickell Avenue and Bayshore Drive used to be lined with beautiful Spanish architecture estates.
A drive S. from the city toward Coconut Grove was stunning. The Drive lined with royal poinciana trees in bloom with their brilliant orange canopies was a Sunday afternoon treat.
They've been destroyed and high rises built in their place.
The seabreeze that used to bring some relief to the summer heat now stops at the water's edge.
all the wind haters should take note, this is nothing more than the Kennedy-Kerry Bahstahn and Mathaaaahs Vihnyahd elitists working their nasty tricks through politics to do what theyve failed to do in open court to restrict free market capitalism.
I had to laugh at that one. Here in Kentucky there is a group called ‘River Fields’ in Louisville that has been successfully using the courts and bureaucratic ‘tricks’ to keep new bridges connecting Kentucky to Indiana across the River for decades probably going all the way back to the 60’s. Well now the primary bridge is ‘broken’ and closed to traffic.
The people in Louisville are ‘pissed’ and now focusing their wrath on this group. I wonder if that will ever happen in Massachusetts? Possibly but I think not.
Oh yes, I too have to laugh at the various ‘Greenies’ squabbling over their various priorities. It is fun to watch from a distance. Too bad there is so much taxpayer money involved involved. That part isn’t fun or amusing at all.
No, I have never been to Florida. I guess the well to do I speaking about are those who are more “old money” and more traditional minded than those who came into money recently as I suspect is the case you mentioned in Florida. What I do worry about here are the newly wealthy immigrants particularly from Asian and Arab countries. They have no fondness nor feeling for American history and where they settle, they knock everything down and build ugly McMansions. I know a member of the historical society in Queens NY who told me how a wealthy chinese man had purchased a home in Flushing that had a designated NYC landmark tree on the property. He was told upon purchase of the home, that the tree was protected and he assured them that he would not touch it. Well, after the house was bought the first thing he did was cut down this 200+ year old oak . I feel your pain :(
They only own so much of the sand in front of their homes, so I assume they are all in favor of Global Warming so the Sea will rise and cover the “public” part of the Beach.
Please don't misunderstand. I am a firm proponent of Private Property Rights. My issue is the Hypocrisy of the Left who feel entitled to live as they wish but support Politicians who want to control the little people.
Steve Jobs, who got away with driving a Car without License Plates and didn't have a problem parking in Handicapped Parking Spaces comes to mind. If you or I did the same things he did there would be hell to pay. He was Rich, he was brilliant and he was an innovator, but he was still a number one A Hole.
In other words, typical do as I say but not as I do Liberal.