Craig Mountain Today
But for how long???
Craig Mtn simulation with turbines
view south toward Ramo Flats
Action Alerts & Announcements
also check Calendar & Events for details
If you have any experience regarding weeds, roads, water, geography, wet lands,
wildlife, archeology, historic sites, recreation, etc. let the city or county know!
May 5, 2018 9:30 AM - 3 PM Oregon Trail artifacts & trails /
OCTA (Oregon - California Trails Association) Conference @ EOU
Type B Amendment = No Public Comment on Additions
Oregon Trail artifacts and Trails - Everyone Welcome May 5th @ EOU
Union Commissioners Work Shop on Article 52
OCTA Conference @ EOU May 5th
Action Alert ! Write Now
More about Article 52 Discussions
Article 52 Proposed Additions / Changes Submitted to County Commissioners
Public Comment on SB 1519 and SB 1537 rule making for Energy Facility Siting
Your generous donations . . .
help us educate the public about the
true impact of wind energy.
Please send your donations to:
PO Box 116
Union, OR 97883
Make your check payable to FGRV.*
For more info call 541-910-8263
* As a 501 (c)(3) donations are tax deductible
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prevent our wildlife - health - environment - economy from being thrown to the wind!
FGRV Yard Sale nets $875
During Union's Grassroots Festival on August 13th FGRV added $875 to its war chest forProtected eagle halts
future projects and possibly legal actions in its continuing fight to keep more wind industrial complexes out of the Grande Ronde Valley.
A bake sale and information table provided a little extra benefit to those stopping by for a good deal. Of course the best deal was the printed info and SWINDLE bumper stickers that were handed out.
Thanks to energetic FGRV members headed by orgainizer Bonnie Dunn more people have joined the fight while these funds were raised.
* Grassroots Festival provided another venue for the 'grassroots' efforts of FGRV.
* Union was highlighted as Oregon's 'Volunteer Town' in a PBS documentary several years ago. FGRV members continue the volunteer tradition by giving their time, talent and treasure to protect the Grande Ronde Valley.
by Ted Sickinger The Oregonian 9-29-10
The endangered golden eagle has grounded the first wind farm in Wasco County and is throwing another in Gilliam County into doubt.
read the rest of the article
Lightening Strikes Again
Idaho Power website gives
up todate info on what wind
actually brings to the consumer -
Find the following articles at getpluggedin.com
Idaho House, Senate Request
Changes to PURPA
by Michael Foley, Idaho Power
Ontario'w Wind Policy Blows
by Rob Granatstein, The Toronto Sun
Are Tax Incentives for Commercial Wind Farms Good for Idaho?
by Steve Priebe,
Idahoans for Responsible Energy Policy
excerpt: “We already give them massive federal subsidies,” Christensen told The Associated Press after the vote. “If they can’t survive on those alone, they should not have any more of our taxpayer dollars.”
read the entire article
Editors note: several attempts by Idaho's grassroots groups failed but they finally suceeded!
Our Congratulations to them for their efforts, and determination and victory.
Wind power is a technological, economic
and environmental failure."
John Droz, Physicist
Wind farms are not farms ...
they don't grow anything.
We call them factories.
Call, write, email
our county commissioners
and tell them
STOP wind power in Union County
1106 K Avenue
La Grande, Oregon 97850
How is this green?In Baotou, China, where neodymium is extracted, a vast man-made lake of foul-smelling radioactive waste, five-miles wide, has been created from the by-product. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China's key waterways in jeopardy. One of the largest users is a top- capacity wind turbine that uses 4,400 lbs. of the neodymium-based permanent magnet material.
In advisory vote,
proposed wind farm
By a slim majority Tuesday, Union County voters said they don't like the idea of Horizon Wind Energy building the 300-megawatt Antelope Ridge Wind Farm near Union.
Excerpted from the article Dennis Wilkinson, the head of Friends of Grande Ronde Valley said: "With the defeat of Measure 31-75, the people of Union County have made an informed and educated decision that they do not want the Antelope Ridge Wind Farm in their community." ... the vote will "resonate throughout the country proving that people in rural communities are standing up to the foreign corporations that are attempting to destroy the land, way of life, wildlife, health and more in the name of 'clean, renewable energy."
click to read entire article
thanks to www.wind-watch.org
November 2, 2010
Totals 11/03/10 3:16 AM All 19 Precincts Counted 70.98 voter turnout total ballots cast 10,810
Measure 31-75"Do the citizens of Union County support the Antelope Ridge Wind Farm application currently before the Oregon Department of Energy?"
Yes 5,060 votes (48.09%)
NO 5,462 VOTES (51.91%)
OF OREGON'S RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD
A Beacon Hill Institute & Cascade Policy Institute Policy Study March 2011
David G. Tuerck, PhD
Michael Head, MSEP
Paul Bachman, MSIE
This study takes into account a variety of factors and their effects to Oregon's employment, costs to industry and the public.
excerpts from Executive Summary:
Since renewable energy generally costs more than conventional energy, may have voiced concerns about highter elecrticity rates. Moreover, since Oregon has a liited ability to generate new renewable energy, the state will start from a low power generation base. In addition,m some renewable energy sources (wind and solar power in particular) require the installation of conventional backup generation capacity for cloudy, windless days. The need for this backup further boosts the cost of renewable energy.
Oregonians will begin to see these higher costs on their electric bill this year. Pacific Power and Portland General Electric Implemented rate increases (in some cases double-digit percentage increases) directly tied to SB 838. read the entire study
Oregonian Editorial Board www.oregonlive.com
March 15, 2011
excerpt: Oregon has
stopped throwing money at anyone who mouths the magic
words: "Green energy." But a three-part
series in The Oregonian made it clear this week that the
state must further tighten the rules --- and the
oversight --- of its Business Energy Tax Credit program.
Given the enormous cost, the green subsidies demand
stronger scrutiny from lawmakers, the governor and
the public than they've received. Former Gov.
Ted Kulongoski's energy policy --- y'all come ---
ignored the mounting cost until hundreds of millions
of dollars were committed, no small amount of it to
companies that failed to live up to the promises of
jobs, economic development and green energy.
excerpt: ... If we're
going to toss $300 million to green energy developers
every two years, we should know exactly what we're
getting in return.
Reasons for projected OTEC
rate increases in 2011
thanks to Super Talk Radio
www.otecc.com Pod Casts 9-16-10
Werner Buehler, OTEC's General Manager, and Steve Schauer, OTEC's Manager of Member Services discuss a BPA wholesale rate increase scheduled for October 2011.Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Part 1, length 8:25
Part 2, length 9:52
When Green Subsidies are gone this is what is left!
Komoa wind farm abandoned
The Gas Is Greener
by Robert Bryce June 7, 2011
published in The New York Times
Oregon green energy tax breaks
face sweeping changes, cutbacks
Harry Esteve June 9, 2011
published in The Oregonian
Editors note: This article discusses Oregon House Bill 3671
excerpt: "As written, the bill would stop the practice of subsidizing half the construction cost of wind and solar energy developers, who receive tens of missions of dollars worth of tax credit."
Here's the link to the full article
Type B Amendment = No Public Comment on AdditionsOur Union County Commissioners held a work session on April 11 during which Article 52 was discussed. I feel obligated to report on it.
by Irene Gilbert FGRV / Legislative Analyst 4-26-18
included are 2 PDFs Irene sent to Energy Facility Siting Council
Since the Oregon Department of Energy developed their new Amendment rules, they decide what amendment process to go through before the public is even told anything about what they are doing. The new rules also say that the public has no right to appeal the decision that is made regarding what amendment procedure is used.
In the Type B Amendment process that developers request there is no opportunity for the public to ask for a contested case. If the public disagrees with the decision that the Oregon Department of Energy makes on any items the public has to appeal directly to the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Let's all hope that the appeal of the new rules that has been filed by nine groups regarding the removal of the public from the "public processes" is heard soon and the groups win.
PDF re: significant adverse impacts of Wheatridge wind development's request for Type B Amendment
PDF re: significant adverse impacts of NextEra Energy / Stateline wind development's request for Type B Amendment
Todd and Janine:
I am requesting that the attached two documents (links above) be provided to the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) regarding that these requests of amendments by developers be processed as Type B Amendments.
Isabell Hernandez and Senator Olsen:
Please see that these two documents (links above) are posted and available to the members of your committee. They are examples of the types of requests that are being made for the use of the Type B Amendment Procedure which denies the public the opportunity to have a contested case procedure. If these requests are approved, the only opportunity the public will have to object to the decisions of the Oregon Department of Energy and Energy Facility Siting Council decisions will be by filing an appeal with the Oregon Court of Appeals at exorbitant cost to any member of the public or public agency who does not agree with the decisions made.
All of a sudden there is a major increase in requests for changes without filing any amendment request, as well as these types. The new Amendment Rules seem to be encouraging developers to file amendments It appears there will be a significant increase in the Oregon Department of Energy budget since there are now 10 developments being reviewed by the Energy Facility Siting Division and they will be collecting the costs of their work from all of them. I would think the legislature would want to exert some control over the agency writing rules that increase their budget absent any control by the legislature or the public since these increased energy costs will be passed on to the consumers.
OCTA Conference (Oregon California Trail Association) @ EOU May 5, 2018
submitted by Stop B2H 4-3-18
Artifacts and Tales of the Trail, celebration of the Oregon Trail
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 AM - 3 PM at EOU's Huber Auditorium.
Tales of Oregon Trail travelers and of Ezra Meeker, who committed yeas to preserving evidence of the beloved trail, will be brought to life.
Sharon Hohstadt, past president of Union County's Museum Board, will display and discuss artifacts brought by early Union County families. Current efforts to preserve the trail in our area will be recognized. $15 for a day of fascinating local history includes a deli lunch. Sponsored by Oregon California Trail Association.
Calendar & Events has location and more info on this event.
Union Commissioners Work Shop on Article 52
ARTICLE 52.00 Commercial Wind Power Generation Faciity Siting Requirements
from Ray Randall 04-17-18
Scott Hartell (Union County planner) introduced the matter and asked that the commission provide some guidance. He acknowledged that a group of '4 citizens' had offered a new draft of Article 52 and one part of that draft called for a two-mile setback between any wind tower and any residence. Scott had used GIS mapping with all residences super-imposed for the whole county to demonstrate that the setbacks would mean there likely would be only a couple of significant spots of several hundred acres each available for wind projects. He also provided a map showing wildlife restrictions for ODFW Category I and Category II Habitat which our group or '4 citizens' believes should be avoided at all cost. Both maps were provided to the commissioners but no one else. Generally speaking, the commission expressed some concern that the two-mile setback may not be "doable" but they made no decision.
The '4 citizens' voiced opinions to the commission and Scott Hartell. None of that generated much discussion.
Ultimately the county people agreed that Scott should invite the group of '4 citizens' in for a discussion to fully understand our varying positions. So we are not exactly encouraged, but not ready to concede, either.
We have no idea how soon Scott may want to talk. We see no advantage in rushing it at this time In the meantime I will request multiple copies of both of the county maps that were mentioned earlier.
Ray Randall member of Friends of Grande Ronde Valley (FGRV)
submitted by Stop B2H 4-3-18
Idaho Power’s Plan for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line
(Subject: Idaho Power IRP—docket# LC68)
Tips for Letter Writing:
· Address your letter to the Oregon Public Utility Commission as a whole; and copy each Commissioner.
· Subject: Idaho Power 2017 IRP (LC68)
· Choose one or more points from the “Talking Points” (linked.) Best to use your own words!
Be respectful and address the commissioners as someone that can solve our problem. E.g.: “I am concerned that in Idaho Power’s 2017 IRP (LC68), they have/have not…. (tip: OPUC is primarily concerned with costs and risk.) If you prefer a sample letter, write to us: email@example.com we can help! An addressed template is below.
· Request/Closing: Ask the commissioners to Not Acknowledge Action Item #6 which says, "Conduct preliminary construction activities, acquire long-lead materials, and construct the B2H project." Idaho Power further states, "The Commission's acknowledgement of Idaho Power's acquisition of B2H in the Action Plan will serve as the Company's satisfaction of EFSC's "Need" standard under its Least Cost Plan Rule." Acknowledging action Item #6 will begin construction of the B2H. That would not be a prudent decision considering all of the questionable data and outdated information used by the company in its IRP plan. (Also, based on your points, above, you may request that they reconsider other Idaho Power planning data and information.)
· Recognize the Commissioners as our (potential) “heroes & defenders” They are the only ones who can protect our interests in Oregon! Our interests are: clean energy, clean air & no coal; energy efficiency & conservation; a distributed grid, low cost & low risk electricity for ratepayers; and protecting our farms & timber resources; and our strong pioneering, Oregon Trail heritage and identity!
· Copy your letter to Ruchi Sadhir (Governor Brown’s Energy Policy Advisor): Ruchi.SADHIR@oregon.gov and to each of your State legislators. Their addresses are here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html
or, for quick reference to most of our readers: (Umatilla & Union) Sen.BillHansell@oregonlegislature.gov; Rep.GregBarreto@oregonlegislature.gov; (Baker & Malheur) Sen.CliffBentz@oregonlegislature.gov;
Please, send us a copy of your letter too J - you can submit to us anonymously if you prefer.
March XX, 2018
Commissioner Hardie, Bloom, and Decker
Utility Commission of
Subject: Idaho Power 2017 IRP (LC68)
Dear Commissioners Hardie, Bloom, and Decker,
Insert your text .... (see “Talking Points” - click here.)
and address here
More about Article 52 discussions
March 22, 2018 by Ray Randall
Article 52 is our (Union) county guideline for the siting of any wind farm in Union County. It will be reanalyzed and modified in the near future. The County Commission has indicated that they will set some parameters for this process in a work session on April 11, 2018 beginning at 9:00 am and there will be an opportunity for public comment. The Commission has not yet publicized its April 11th agenda which is not very helpful. But, for those of us who wish to have a say about wind farms, we must prepare for this potential now.
The Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley is inviting all interested citizens to an information-sharing session at the Cook Library Community Room on Thursday, April 5, 2018. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and we hope to finish by 7:00 pm. If you have concerns about the trashing of our open spaces, please attend.
Article 52 Proposed Additions / Changes
Submitted to Union County Commissioners
2-24-18 authored by Jed Farmer, John Milbert, Chuck LeBold, Ray Randall; sent to Commissioners January 2018
Union County Article 52 "Therefore, the purpose of this ordinance is to clarify existing rules governing the siting and development of wind generators with the intention to encourage wind power renewable energy resource development."
Proposed Additions / Changes to current Article 52 was Submitted to Union County Commissioners January 2018 by authors Jed Farmer, John Milbert, Chuck LeBold and Ray Randall as members and on behalf of Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley.
Set backs is a major part of the proposed changes. Currently set backs are 1500 feet. Umatilla County has increased their set back to 2 miles.
County Commissioners Work Session April 11th 9 AM agenda will be The Proposed Additions / Changes. Location of the meeting is Joseph Annex Building 1106 K Ave., La Grande, Oregon.
public comment for submission for SB 1519 and SB 1537
by Irene Gilbert FGRV / Legislative Analyst February 5, 2018
included is PDF Irene sent to Senator Beyer and Committee members
I am providing this submission to you as my previous comments were written under the belief that these rules were going to remove rule making from the Energy Facility Siting Division and Energy Facility Siting Council.
Unfortunately, as I found out during public comments today, they exclude this group. The bills are positive, unfortunately, they do not include the worst offenders. I certainly hope there is some effort to address the Siting Division this session rather than continuing to allow ODOE to work for developers at the expense of the public.
As long as the governor continues to appoint people to the Energy Facility Siting Council like Marcia Grail who currently works for IBEW 125 and their retirement fund, the only possible way to get a neutral evaluation of developments is through removing control over portions of the process from the Oregon Department of Energy. I question how impartial a person can be who knows that every time she votes to approve a development, she is making jobs for her employer. Perhaps someone can find out who vetted Marcia and why they did not question the conflict of interest, or why the governor has insisted that this does not pose a conflict of interest.
Wishing you peace
December 30, 2017
Energy Department and council
under fire for cutting out public
from The Oregonian 12-13-17
read the full article in The Oregonian
The state panel responsible for siting large energy facilities is under fire for adopting rules that conservation groups and others say will limit transparency and cut the public out of decisions. ...
In the end, critics say it's another example of the dysfunctional Energy Department ignoring the public interest, interpreting rules and statues unlawfully, and cozying up to the industry that pays its bills. ...
Irene Gilbert, a La Grande resident and researcher for the Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley, has opposed numerous windfarms in Eastern Oregon based on their impacts on wildlife, wetlands, noise levels, and their visibility from towns or areas designated as wild and scenic. She says the council, at the recommendation of the Energy Department, has denied every one of her requests for a contested case. By her count, the council has rejected more than 80 requests for contested cases and not granted a single one. ...
"They control the whole process, and their determination over and over again is no significant impact," she said. "They get paid by the applicants. They bill for every hour of work on an application, then charge developers to monitor projects. So, in effect, they're working for the applicant." ...
FGRV meeting 2 PM December 14, 2017
Agenda includes Updates on ODOE / EFSC activity & county Article 52 status.
See date on Calendar & Events page for more info
Location is downstairs at Union Library in City Park on Main Street
THE OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION
WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING November 2nd
IN ONTARIO, OREGON ON IDAHO POWER’S APPLICATION TO BUILD THE BOARDMAN TO HEMINGWAY (B2H) TRANSMISSION LINE
from B2H coalition 10-28-17
Idaho Power’s own sales figures show that demand has been flat for ten years. You will pay if the line is ever built, and you will also pay Idaho Power a guaranteed profit for building it. Come to the meeting to voice your concerns to the members and staff of the Oregon Public Utility Commission. It’s very important and they want to hear from you.
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOURSELF HEARD: Idaho Power customers will pay hundreds of millions of dollars for a line that may never be needed.
August 23, 2017 Meeting 6 PM
Union County & City of La Grande 2nd Joint Public Meeting
on location of B2H Transmission Line
County Commissioners and City of La Grande
are hosting a second Boardman to Hemingway
siting meeting. It will be on Wednesday,
August 23rd at 6 pm in the
Blue Mountain Conference Center (aka
the Armory). Since we had over 140 people
at the last meeting they are moving the
event to the big conference room. We’d
like to fill the room to express our
support for our elected representatives in
letting Idaho Power know that their
transmission line is not welcome here!
and city are in the process of reviewing
Idaho Power’s application for
“completeness” and there are huge gaps in
the application. We have found many areas
where Idaho Power has missed key
information that should be considered by
the State of Oregon before determining
that the application is complete. Heck
they didn't even know we have a helipad at
the hospital for life-flight. Their report
does not describe in detail the 100+ miles
of new or improved roads they want to
build; nor proper weed or fire protection
plans. And the list of incompleteness goes
meeting the city/county will inform us on
the work that they have done so far
and they are asking for all of us to
help. YES, asking us to help! The
application is HUGE and there is a limited
amount of time to submit comments to the
If you have any experience
regarding weeds, roads, water,
geography, wet lands, wildlife,
archeology, historic sites,
recreation, etc. let the city or
application is on Union County web site at
If you have any knowledge in any of these
areas, please get involved!
be future opportunities for public comment
as the state process progresses over this
coming year. We need to make sure that the
state considers everything that could
negatively impact our homes and our
environment. We need to be heard and our
elected representatives want to hear from
us – how often does that happen ;-)!
information: Contact Union
County directly 541-963-1001;
Pass the Word! Forward this email & look forward to seeing you there! -Stop B2H Coalition
DATE AND TIME: Monday,
August 14th, 2017 at 5:00
pm at the Baker County
Commissioners’ Chamber, Baker County
Courthouse The County and City
have until September 1 to make
comments before Idaho Power’s
application is accepted as complete by
the Oregon Department of Energy
The county and city want to
know your opinion about the impacts
this transmission line will have on
the valley and YOU. Idaho
is only notifying landowners within
500 feet of these steel giants, which
they are planning. The line will enter
the valley from Ladd Canyon
by I-84 coming into Baker County;
travels due south along the eastern
edge of irrigated, agricultural fields
and passes west (in front of) the
National Historic Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center; then continues
south to Durkee and Huntington, and
passes east of the Oywhee Reservoir
into Idaho. Come to the meeting
to talk to our elected officials with
your questions/opinions and conditions
you want to see them recommend. THIS IS THE TIME TO
EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS regarding
impacts to views, wildlife, police and
fire, noise, traffic, groundwater,
flooding, agricultural and forest
impacts such as invasive weeds,
setbacks from homes, the Oregon Trail,
including the viewscape impact from
the National Historic Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center, and historical
resources, etc. For more
DATE AND TIME: Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Baker County Commissioners’ Chamber, Baker County Courthouse
The County and City have until September 1 to make comments before Idaho Power’s application is accepted as complete by the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). The county and city want to know your opinion about the impacts this transmission line will have on the valley and YOU. Idaho Power is only notifying landowners within 500 feet of these steel giants, which they are planning.
The line will enter the valley from Ladd Canyon by I-84 coming into Baker County; travels due south along the eastern edge of irrigated, agricultural fields and passes west (in front of) the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center; then continues south to Durkee and Huntington, and passes east of the Oywhee Reservoir into Idaho.
Come to the meeting to talk to our elected officials with your questions/opinions and conditions you want to see them recommend.
THIS IS THE TIME TO EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS regarding impacts to views, wildlife, police and fire, noise, traffic, groundwater, flooding, agricultural and forest impacts such as invasive weeds, setbacks from homes, the Oregon Trail, including the viewscape impact from the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, and historical resources, etc.
For more information, contact: email@example.com
Union County & City of La Grande
Boardman to Hemingway
Union County & City of La Grande
Boardman to Hemingway
the Oregon Department of Energy informed
local government units along the B2H route
that they would have until September 1st
to comment on the “completeness” of Idaho
Power’s Amended Application for a “Site
Certificate” (or, in other words, the
application for a permit for the right of
way to build B2H.) There
are NO public hearings at this stage of
the game in the Oregon siting process but
there will be later in this process. However,
County and the City of La Grande have
graciously agreed to conduct their own
public meeting to solicit input from
citizens, before they comment on the
The meeting will be starting at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 1st at the Blue Mtn Conference Center (aka Armory) at 404 12th Street in La Grande. PLEASE Mark your calendars NOW!
and City have until Sept. 1 to make comments
before Idaho Powers application is accepted
as complete by the Oregon Department of
The county and city want to know your
opinion about the impacts this transmission
line with have on the valley and you. Idaho
Power is only notifying landowners within
500 feet of these steel giants which they
will enter the valley from the west where
the current 230 kv does then run behind the
hospital, over Morgan Lake road, and follow
the foothills alongside Ladd Marsh, visible
to all, and out Ladd Canyon by I-84.
Come to the meeting to talk to our elected officials with your questions/opinions and conditions you want to see them recommend. THIS IS THE TIME TO EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS regarding impacts to views, wildlife, police and fire, noise, traffic, Ladd Marsh, groundwater, flooding, agricultural and forest impacts such as invasive weeds, setbacks from homes, the Oregon Trail, historical resources, etc.
The format will be informal in that no decisions will be made and there will be no strict times for speaking—more of a listening session—according to Commissioner McClure. He wants to hear from everyone! He says now is the time to put all of your concerns on the table about the B2H and/or the sighting application. He has asked Idaho Power to come and present too. They will have their maps and renderings—probably similar to what we showed you in our last Stop B2H newsletter, but fancier (if you did not receive our newsletter—or couldn’t open it, please contact us right away.)
The Stop B2H Coalition’s research working group is meeting this week to coordinate our research and writing for the citizen portfolio that we will be submitting soon to the Public Utility Commissions of Idaho and Oregon (PUC's) – AND – also to prepare for this meeting! At this stage, it is important to let the public officials know:
· What you think the city and county should be looking for in the application for completeness.*
· What conditions you want them to insist will be in the Site Certificate (if one is granted.)
· And, of course: What is important to You!
We hope to post some talking points for everyone later in the week. However, the main thing is to show up! Speak from the heart (or mind) and tell your story. You do not need to be an expert. However, if you would like to prepare more yourself, here is the link to the Amended Application: http://union-county.org/b2h-amended-preliminary-application-for-site-certificate/
It is overwhelming! So, a tip for review would be: go to the Chapter/Exhibit that you are interested in; read the section that you have an interest (or the geographic areas you're interested in); and see if they have covered your concerns. This will make your reading shorter & directly in line with your interests.
For more information: Contact Union County directly 541-963-1001; or, Stop B2H Coalition: firstname.lastname@example.org
proposed DOE rule amendments below
Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) Public hearings February 23 and 24, 2017
Thursday, February 23,
8:30am – 5:00pm Cousins' Country Inn,
2114 W 6th St, The Dalles, OR 97058, USA
The Department of Energy is planning to implement two amended rules which will cause irreparable damage to Wildlife and citizen's right to due process when actions are taken to build energy developments in the state.
I encourage you to review the attachments and consider submitting comments and objections to the impacts they will have. Public hearings will be held on these two rule amendments on February 23 and February 24.
SUMMARY OF DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PLANNED CHANGES TO AMENDMENT CONTESTED CASE RULES
The Department of Energy (DOE) is once again demonstrating that they should not have control of the hearings process. Currently the DOE is the only state agency which writes regulations, receives incomes from developer applicants, controls who is allowed a contested case, and hires its own hearing officers to hear contested cases about their decisions. The proposed amendments reinforce the existing process; they lack objective criteria necessary for guiding transparent, equitable decisions. The current 8 pages of rules are being replaced by 32 pages of amendments, all apparently designed to deny the public access to the decision making process. To date, DOE has a 100% record. It has denied every request for a contested hearing on amended site certificates. The new and confusing rules will further complicate the process and guarantee the same questionable outcomes.
rule changes will:
Continue to give the DOE and EFSC total control over who is allowed a contested case hearing.
Create procedural barriers to further complicate the process and provide additional procedural justifications for 100% denials of contested case requests.
Increase time to process amendment requests.
Increase costs to developers requesting amendments.
Allow DOE to hire additional staff to deal with the new process which developers will have to pay for.
Eliminate required notification to all special advisory groups when amendment requests are being reviewed.
Eliminate required evaluation of an entire development’s impacts when processing amendment requests to increase the size of a facility.
Allow waiving some requirements of the proposed rules for developers; no such waiver will be available to the public.
Fail to provide the objective criteria necessary for evaluating contested cases based on the impacts of given amendments.