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EFSB to hear motions in power plant case on November 27, public attendance is important



The Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) has scheduled a hearing for Monday, November 27, 2017, beginning at 10:00 AM in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission office building, 89 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, Rhode Island to hear arguments on pending motions filed in Docket SB-2015-06, Invenergy‘s $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant aimed at the pristine forests of northwest Rhode Island.

There have been a flurry of motions and objections filed by the parties involved in this process. At issue is the Narragansett Indian Tribe Tribal Council motion to intervene; Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)’s motion for discovery, supplemental advisory opinions, additional expert testimony, and the hiring a neutral expert energy market financial analyst; and Burrillville’s motion to dismiss.

“…your attendance is a way of showing EFSB members, reporters, and the rest of the world how important the case is,” said CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer.

One other thing to look out for at this hearing, said Elmer:

“The Final Hearing is now scheduled to start on December 8 (with opening statements and perhaps the first witnesses).  However, if additional time is granted for discovery and additional pre-filed expert testimony, it would be impossible to start on December 8.  On the one hand, the EFSB has been very eager to move ahead and not let the schedule get postponed yet again.  On the other hand, moving ahead too quickly might lead to the EFSB making procedural errors that could be reversed on appeal.  CLF has an excellent argument for more discovery and for permission to file additional expert testimony:  fairness requires this, because Invenergy took all the time it wanted (and filed additional expert testimony).  But this does not necessarily mean that CLF’s motion will be granted.”


Invenergy moves to block EFSB access to documents and the time to review them

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CLF motions for time to analyze Invenergy’s ‘bombshell’

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Steve Ahlquist is Uprise RI's co-founder and lead reporter. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade.