environmental impact statement

Feds Put Positive Spin on Offshore Wind Farm, Critics Persist

Feds Put Positive Spin on Offshore Wind Farm, Critics Persist

BOSTON, Massachusetts, January 19, 2009 (ENS) – America’s first offshore wind farm has moved closer to the construction stage now that the federal government has released a favorable Final Environmental Impact Statement on the project. The Minerals Management Service Friday issued a 2,800-page FEIS on the Cape Wind project planned for Nantucket Sound off the…

Federal Offshore Drilling Plan for Virginia Opposed

Federal Offshore Drilling Plan for Virginia Opposed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – The Southern Environmental Law Center, SELC, on behalf of itself and three other organizations, has called on the U.S. Department of Interior to abandon plans to open the Virginia coast to oil or gas drilling. In a letter to the Minerals Management Service Monday, the law center detailed…

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Regulations announced by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne last week that would exempt many federal activities, including those that generate greenhouse gases, from review under the Endangered Species Act were published in the Federal Register Tuesday. But the regulations are being challenged in court by three…

Navy Wins, Whales Lose U.S. Supreme Court Sonar Case

Navy Wins, Whales Lose U.S. Supreme Court Sonar Case

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today lifted restrictions on the Navy’s use of sonar off the coast of California, handing a defeat to environmentalists who say the limits are needed to protect whales and dolphins. The court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that a lower court judge had wrongly…

Geothermal Development Planned for Western Public Lands

Geothermal Development Planned for Western Public Lands

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 22, 2008 (ENS) – More than 190 million acres of federal land in 12 western states will be opened for development of geothermal energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today. “Geothermal energy will play a key role in powering America’s energy future,” Kempthorne said, “and 90 percent of our…

Ship Speed Limit Again Proposed to Aid Endangered Whales

Ship Speed Limit Again Proposed to Aid Endangered Whales

WASHINGTON, DC, August 26, 2008 (ENS) – Large ships traveling along the east coast of the United States would have to slow to 10 knots in designated areas used by endangered North Atlantic right whales under a federal government proposal issued Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the final environmental impact statement for…

Feds Freeze Western Solar Power for Environmental Analysis

Feds Freeze Western Solar Power for Environmental Analysis

WASHINGTON, DC, June 27, 2008 (ENS) – The federal government is calling a halt to new applications for solar power developments on public land in six western states while the 125 applications now in the pipeline are evaluated. The evaluation of both current and future applications will depend on the results of an environmental impact…

Lawsuit Filed to Block Loud Oil Exploration in Arctic Seas

Lawsuit Filed to Block Loud Oil Exploration in Arctic Seas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Alaska Natives and conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Anchorage Monday to stop noisy oil and gas exploration planned for this summer in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas above the Arctic Circle. Seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent seismic surveying in the Arctic Ocean,…

Army Sued to Clear Ordnance from Hawaiian Temples

Army Sued to Clear Ordnance from Hawaiian Temples

HONOLULU, Hawaii, February 20, 2008 (ENS) – Today, community group Malama Makua asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii to order the U.S. Army to move quickly to expand cultural access to Native Hawaiian sites at Makua Military Reservation on Oahu. This access is required under the October 4, 2001 settlement that…

Absent Analysis, Forest Planning Rule Assumes No Impact

Absent Analysis, Forest Planning Rule Assumes No Impact

WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental attorney Trent Orr of the nonprofit public interest law firm Earthjustice warns that the Bush administration is again attempting to remove key protections for U.S. national forests. This attempt was evident, he says, today, when the U.S. Forest Service released its court-ordered Final Environmental Impact Statement for…