So I’m reviewing the Great Northern Transmission Line routing docket (PUC 14-21) and notice that there’s NOTICE to “ADDITIONAL new landowners.”
WHAT!?!?! This is dated July 27, 2015. The Application was filed in April, 2014, the DEIS Scoping Decision was filed in January, and the DEIS went out for comment two months ago in June. Sure, there could be landowners who were missed along the way, or maybe they came up with new alignments and so new landowners were affected. That does happen. Shouldn’t happen but it happens all the time — look at the Cannon Falls section of CapX La Crosse line. BUT, to give them Notice NOW and proceed on their merry way with routing this transmission line in this docket is NOT right.
WHY? There’s no way that someone could catch up and adequately present their case to the PUC in the short time left before the record closes on September 1, 2015. They’ve already missed the EIS scoping, they’ve missed the DEIS comment period, and this Notice came out less than two weeks before the public hearing and “contested case” hearing (I put that in “quotes” because there are no intervenors , it’s not contested).
Who cares? Well, there are no intervenors. There’s no one representing the public interest. That’s enough to get me fired up. On a RRANT one might say…
Onward… let’s see how due process, public interest, and public participation figures into this!
How to look up this docket? Just go to the PUC’s eDocket SEARCH SITE, and search for Docket 14 (year)- 21 (number). It’s that easy!
Hearings tonight in Bigfork, and two tomorrow in Grand Rapids, and that’s it, the END!
… perhaps… … perhaps not…