5th Circ. Throws Out Green Group's Wind Farm Suit

Law360, New York (June 18, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld Texas' decision to let the construction of a coastal wind farm go forward without hearings, overruling a local environmental group that argued federal law requires public consultation.

The Coastal Zone Management Act provides no private cause of action that would allow Houston-based Coastal Habitat Alliance to force the state to hold hearings, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said Thursday.

Coastal, which opposes the construction of 240 wind turbines by Pattern Energy Group LP and PPM Energy...
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