The Kennedy campaign against “clean energy” continues.
A federal appeals court dealt a blow to the nation’s first federally permitted offshore wind farm Friday by vacating an earlier Federal Aviation Administration ruling in its favor.
The decision found that the FAA “misread its own regulations” when it concluded that Cape Wind’s proposed 130 turbines — which would stand taller than the Statue of Liberty off the shore of Cape Cod, Mass. — pose no hazard to aircraft in the area.
The ruling requires the FAA to reconsider its “no hazard” determination and specifically address agency rules requiring a 500-foot distance between an aircraft and any structure.
The court raised the question of whether weather could force flights to break that barrier by flowing low. It also questioned whether planes would have to be rerouted to avoid the 500-foot limit, creating aircraft congestion in the process…
The verdict is the latest blow to Cape Wind, which witnessed a denial of a federal loan guarantee earlier this year. The project also is looking for a buyer of half of its electricity, a dynamic that could decide whether the project gets built at full size or is able to attract sufficient financial investment.