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4 responses to “A very strange way to conduct a hearing- The EFSB hears motions to dismiss Invenergy application”

  1. salgal

    Three things about this very peculiar and somewhat surreal event.

    1. Meg Curran had no time or interest for anyone opposing the plant. When McElroy, Elmer, or Greene were speaking, she never looked at them but kept flipping pages of something on the table in front of her. perhaps the latest J. Crew catalogue or some hair product sales brochure. When Shoer, Beretta, or anyone else on that side of the aisle spoke up she made eye contact and appeared to pay attention. Curiously two other observers noted the same disdainful behavior from her without any prompting from me.

    2. I like the fact that Marcaccio from the state OER sat on the side of the aisle with all the proponents of the plant and right next to Building Trades attorney Mancini. And when he identified himself to the Board, he won the golden ticket and to my recollection elicited the only smile from Curran for the duration.

    3. I swear at every EFSB meeting I’ve attended, at some point Curran will ask Shoer what to do next. She doesn’t frame it that way but it is blatantly obvious that she takes her cues from him, and to a lesser degree from Coit. I know Curran is ill which brings up the question of whether of not she should be sitting in this capacity. The pseudo-legal start to the hearing is worrisome in and of itself and indicates problematic procedural blundering.

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  2. Johnnie

    ‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
    ‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first—verdict afterwards.’
    ‘Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. ‘The idea of having the sentence first!’
    ‘Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.
    ‘I won’t!’ said Alice.
    Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.
    ‘Who cares for you?’ said Alice. ‘You’re nothing but a pack of cards.’

    —— Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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  3. Fred

    It looks like the three stooges are falling for Invenergy and Gina’s hokum that this plant is desperately needed. They probably never even did any research on their own to determine the need for this plant. It’s a crying shame that land is going to have that monster sized unneeded power plant plopped on top of it because of a few uneducated people.

    It’s raining out today and I was just watching smoke coming out of a chimney, and the rain was pushing it right down to the ground. There is a farm less than 1/4 mile from the proposed site that had a bunch of cows at one time. I haven’t been by there in awhile but I assume they don’t anymore because this plant would be a no go. There is old farm land all around the proposed site. Putting this plant near all the fertile farm land is insane. This state better hope that this countries bread basket don’t ever stop producing. Some countries are having flooding due to climate change that is effecting their food production and we are doing stupid crap like this.

    I’m not going to stick around in this state to see monster in action. I feel like the crying Indian in that commercial “Iron Eyes Cody”.

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  4. EFSB denies motions to dismiss, Invenergy docket moves forward

    […] Ten days earlier the EFSB was ready to decide the motions, without hearing oral arguments from the lawyers for Burrillville or CLF. It was only after Burrillville lawyer Michael McElroy strenuously objected that the EFSB decided to continue the charade that these proceedings are not predetermined. […]

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