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Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility V. Abigail Hopper, US BOEM

Source/Sponsor: 
US Court of Appeals
Creator/Author: 
US Court of Appeals
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In an overturn of a previous district court decision, a federal court has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) were not in compliance with the Endangered Species Act or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), respectively, when they issued a lease for Cape Wind’s proposed project off the coast of Massachusetts.

The decision will not result in revokation of Cape Wind's lease. “Delaying construction or requiring Cape Wind to redo the regulatory approval process could be quite costly,” the court states. “The project has slogged through state and federal courts and agencies for more than a decade.” It also notes that the project could help contribute to Massachusetts’ increasing requirements for renewable energy procurement.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS)

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
National oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Description: 
The primary tools for the assessment of population abundance and spatial distribution are aerial and shipboard line-transect surveys. These surveys typically employ visual detection of animals at the surface, though more recently passive acoustic monitoring has been incorporated into these surveys to improve detection of marine mammals. The objective of this study is to improve the knowledge base of Federal agencies with living marine resource responsibilities through improved surveys of marine mammals, sea turtles, and avian species.
 
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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Milestone Reached for Commercial Wind Energy Development Offshore North Carolina

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Department of the Interior
Creator/Author: 
U.S. Department of the Interior
Description: 

Consistent with the Interior Department´s "Smart from the Start" strategy for offshore wind, each of the Atlantic Wind Energy Areas are designed to make available areas that are attractive for commercial offshore wind develpment, while also protecting important viewsheds, sensitive habitats and resources and minimizing space use conflicts with activities such as military operations, shipping and fishing.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Integrative Statistical Modeling and Predictive Mapping of Seabird Distribution and Abundance on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 

The objective of this study is to provide easily understandable information about the distribution of birds to aid offshore wind development siting decisions and reduce the risk of impacts to birds.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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Baseline Bioacoustics Characterization for Offshore Renewable Energy Development

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
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The goal of this effort is to conduct a baseline ecological assessment of two wind planning areas along the U.S. Atlantic cost to identify the potential enviromental impact of offshore wind energy construction. Our goal was to establish a baseline of seasonal activity of focal species using passive acoustic monitoring to understand their acoustic presence and calling patterns, and establish the baseline noise conditions of the areas. These baseline data would be used to evaluate potential changes that may result from future wind energy construction and operation.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015
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