October 30th, 2014
That’s tonight! West is almost done. The final layer of asphalt is now down, and they’ve dumped black dirt behind the wall and sprayed the boulevards and dirt bordering the sidewalks with that green stuff.
Here’s the new yard, with two new trees (with aftermarket bird nest), and the wired-for-light post for the Little Free Library next to the Neighbors Against the Burner sign:
October 30th, 2014
Today at the PUC, the Black Oak and Getty Wind Project was on the agenda. For the full docket, go to PUC SEARCH DOCKETS, and search for 10-1240 (Black Oak) or 11-831 (Getty), and for the Certificate of Need, 11-471.
I’d been retained late last week by project neighbors to address the Commission on their behalf. They’d been participating throughout, and are frustrated that they’re not being heard, that issues that had been raised by their group, their neighbors, and the DNR were not being heard. Well, so much for that… Chair Heydinger said that they, the Commission, were not there to discuss layout of the turbines, that it’s only about size, that the notice was about size. Well, we did get that statement on the record, and I asked again, to be clear on the record, and she repeated that the layout was not at issue, that it’s all in the footprint. There’s no where to go at the Commission with that kind of statement from the Chair!
Here’s the notice for that agenda item, the issues for Commission decision.
And more importantly, the Applicant filed a Petition For Extension of Certificate of Need on Tuesday, two days before this meeting! The Commission is making decisions on this siting permit when the Certificate of Need is in limbo? When the Applicant by their own admission is not going to meet its in-service deadline?
Anyway, layout not at issue today? Here are the decision items presented to the Commission:
From the Briefing Papers, here is the DNR take on the layout, and note the reference to “previous layouts” because there have been several, and it’s very confusing
Here are DNR comments over the years — the September and October, 2014, comments are regarding this new layout — can you tell if the Commission, Commerce, or anyone paid any attention to the DNR Comments?
Did the Commission make any attempt to determine whether the DNR concerns were addressed? Nope. They just voted.
But this “wasn’t about layout,” so what does it matter…
And worse, knowing of the just filed Petition For Extension of Certificate of Need and that the project would admittedly not be built by the claimed in-service date, they rammed through approval of this new siting arrangement.
October 28th, 2014
There was a notice on the MPCA Silica Sand page that the 10/29 deadline for Comments on their latest “rule concept” release, but couldn’t find a notice. So I got ahold of Nathan Cooley who said he’d get on it, and lo and behold, a formal “Notice” is released and lands in the inbox! YES! Thank you!
Here it is, it’s official, straight from the State Register, p. 586:
Second request for comments (September 2014); deadline for comments extended to Nov. 21, 2014.
- Deadline extended to November 21
- Second request for comments (aq-rule4-07g)
- Preliminary draft narrative of silica sand rule concepts (aq-rule4-07h)
The DNR also has rulemaking going on about trout stream setbacks and reclamation of abandoned mines. MORE INFO HERE!
October 26th, 2014
For an update on Testimony filings last week, hop over to “Not-so-Great Northern Transmission” and check it out: