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Fishermen denied preliminary injunction against NY wind lease

First Hywind turbine. Byline: Helge Hansen. Source: Digitalt. Credit: Statoil ASA (statoil.com).

Feb 20 (Renewables Now) - The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday denied a preliminary injunction against the planned leasing of a wind development area off the coast of New York to Norway's Statoil (STO:STLO).

The suit has been brought by fishing groups, led by scallop industry trade group the Fisheries Survival Fund, and alleges the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) leasing process failed to consider the impact on local fishermen.

The plaintiffs wanted the court to temporarily halt BOEM from proceeding with the final lease sale. Statoil Wind US LLC won the auction for the wind lease in December with a record-smashing bid of USD 42.5 million (EUR 40m).  

"Getting a preliminary injunction granted is difficult, given the high standards that the court applies," mayor Kirk Larson of Barnegat Light, New Jersey, one of the plaintiffs, said in a statement on the Fisheries Survival Fund's website (http://www.savingseafood.org/alerts/). "But our case will continue, and we are confident that we will succeed on the merits," Larson added.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.940)

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