Lawsuit Claims State Went Too Easy On Wind Energy Company

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The lawsuit calls for the state to recover that amount from BNE. But Harding said the claim is more about establishing how the state will prevent similar deforesting events from occurring in the future.

He is quick to note that he has no major complaints with Esty in general: "I think Esty has done some very good things on his watch."

Harding said there have been ongoing settlement talks with the parties in the lawsuit.

Paul Corey, general counsel and chairman of BNE Energy, did not return calls seeking comment. The DEEP deferred comments to the Attorney General's Office, which said in a statement that the lawsuit filed by the Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council "lacks merit."

"We will continue to defend this suit," the A.G.'s statement said. "We believe DEEP acted within its authority in seeking to resolve the matters through a consent decree. We remain hopeful that his matter can be resolved through discussions with" the Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council.•

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