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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completes Endangered Species Act review of Cape Wind Project

As part of the formal consultation process under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed its biological opinion on the proposed Cape Wind Associates, L.L.C., wind energy project and transmitted it to Minerals Management Service. We concluded that the project would not jeopardize the continued existence of two bird species protected by the Act – piping plovers and roseate terns.

The Act requires that federal agencies, in consultation with the Service, ensure their actions are not likely to jeopardize threatened and endangered species. The Act also requires the Service to provide its opinion on how the agency action affects these species, and, where jeopardy is not anticipated, to recommend reasonable and prudent measures to minimize those effects. Under the Act and its implementing regulations, the Service must base its opinion on the best available scientific and commercial data.

As the federal agency with primary responsibility for permitting the Cape Wind project, MMS initiated formal Endangered Species Act consultation with the Service on the project on May 20, 2008. The Service issued its biological opinion concluding our formal consultation with MMS on Nov. 21, 2008.

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Last updated: September 11, 2009