Feb 10 (Renewables Now) - A ruling in the case where fishing groups argue against the offshore wind lease sale in New York is expected in the coming days, scallop industry trade group the Fisheries Survival Fund said.
The plaintiffs, led by the Fisheries Survival Fund, are seeking a preliminary injunction against the wind lease, the provisional winner for which is Statoil (STO:STLO). The Norwegian oil and gas group won a December auction for the lease, held by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), with a bid of USD 42.5 million (EUR 39.9m).
The case was heard on Wednesday in the US District Court in Washington, DC. The plaintiffs say that the site for the project is in the midst of important fishing grounds, especially for the scallop and squid fisheries, and that the lease sale would cause irreparable harm to commercial fishermen.
According to the statement, lawyers for BOEM and Statoil argued that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate immediate and irreparable harm to their livelihoods. They said any impact on fishermen would not happen for years and that there would be time to address fishing concerns in future environmental assessments.
The Fisheries Survival Fund announced the filing of the lawsuit on December 8.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.939)