Supreme Court will not review Deepwater Resistance complaint

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:15pm

The decision from the Rhode Island Supreme Court could not have been more direct. 

“The petition for writ of certiorari is denied.” That order was issued on Jan. 16, 2015, and was in response to a petition that Robert Shields, Chair of Deepwater Resistance, had filed with the court to review a recent Superior Court decision to dismiss a complaint Shields had made against the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). Deepwater Resistance is a political action committee that has been fighting the five-turbine wind project that will be located three miles off the southeast coast of Block Island.

Shields claimed that his civil rights had been violated when the CRMC did not allow Shields the opportunity to talk about the financial impact of the Block Island Wind Farm during public hearings. The CRMC had said that financial discussions were outside its purview. Shields filed a complaint in Superior Court in Nov. 2014, but that complaint was subsequently dismissed. The Superior Court decision stated that it could “find no particularized harm that befell the plaintiff" and the Supreme Court has now decided not to review that decision.

According to a Deepwater Wind spokesperson, there are now no outstanding complaints against the permits, allowing the wind turbine project to move forward. Deepwater is expected to go online sometime in late 2016.