The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) has succeeded in preventing court review of its May 30 decision to approve the CapX2020 Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse high-voltage transmission line. By blocking participation of the attorney who represented citizens throughout the PSC hearings, numerous legal problems in the PSC’s decision and its process will not be open to review.
On Friday, October 26, 2012, the Hon. Ann R. Smith, Judge of Dane County Circuit Court, issued an Order denying a Citizen’s Energy Task Force (CETF) Petition for Judicial Review (an appeal). Carol Overland, the attorney representing CETF throughout the CapX hearing process at the PSC was not allowed to continue to represent CETF in the Circuit Court.
“We are shocked and dismayed that, because of this order, the PSC will not have to account for substantive legal problems cited in the appeal, including failure to follow Wisconsin law on energy priorities,” said Joe Morse, CETF steering committee member. “Why do we have a PSC if they won’t follow Wisconsin laws established for energy policy?”
click here for legal details on the Wisconsin circuit court decision http://nocapx2020.info/