The U.S. Coast Guard has ended its year-long slow walk on filling requests for basic public records regarding a lobbyist-driven offshore wind energy study known as the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS).
Strange response to our repeated attempts to obtain public records that could help answer basic questions about the role of the shipping lobby in spurring the study and guiding its conclusions.
An obscure Coast Guard committee, co-chaired by the powerful shipping lobby, has the power to force drastic cuts to lease areas that offshore-wind developers have already purchased.
Over the past 10 months, we have uncovered the shipping lobby’s influence in the Coast Guard’s offshore wind energy study, known as the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS), which was charged with balancing shipping navigation safety with the development of an offshore wind industry. Our reporting shows the study’s authors never visited an… Read more »
C&BP Requests Records of Coast Guard’s George Detweiler As our probe into the Coast Guard’s offshore wind study continues, a central player has emerged: George Detweiler. As readers will remember, we’ve been investigating the shipping lobby’s influence over an important, five-year study about balancing the development of a fledgling offshore wind energy industry in the… Read more »
The federal government’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ombudsman, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), has agreed to mediate Checks and Balances Project’s complaint that the U.S. Coast Guard has refused to provide lawful, taxpayer-funded public records. Since February, we have been asking the Coast Guard to answer basic questions about its offshore… Read more »
Today, we sent a letter to the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to ask for mediation services to force the U.S. Coast Guard’s to comply with our lawful records requests under the Freedom of Information Act. OGIS, which is the federal government’s FOIA Ombudsman, harshly criticized the Coast Guard in a September 2015 report… Read more »
Lobbyist was “Very Engaged” in Anti-Offshore Wind Energy Study In 2009, not long after President Obama declared the creation of an offshore wind energy industry a national priority, shipping industry lobbyists began working to block it. When the U.S. Interior Department began an accelerated leasing process the following year “to facilitate siting, leasing, and construction… Read more »
Ms. Carpenter is said to have been was “very engaged” with a Coast Guard report that could dramatically limit offshore wind energy development.
Newly uncovered research points toward pervasive influence by shipping industry lobbyists over a U.S. Coast Guard study ostensibly designed to recommend how to safely integrate a new offshore wind energy industry with shipping off the Eastern Seaboard. If the study’s recommendations are codified into policy, a robust offshore wind energy industry off the coasts of… Read more »