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Frank Haggerty July 08, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Cape Light Compact Files a NEW Motion Urging the DPU to Disregard the Attorney General's Efforts to Read MoreObtain Information in Discover Dear Cape Light Compact Members and other interested parties, Attorneys for the Cape Light Compact -- which prides itself, according to CLC Chairman Dr. Joyce Flynn, on being "as transparent as a clean window" -- has filed NEW motion with the Department of Public Utilities today, urging the DPU to disregard the Attorney General's Reply to CLC's Opposition to releasing information in response to the vast majority of the AG's Information Requests. For good measure, the Cape Light Compact urges the DPU not only "to deny the Attorney General’s Motion in its entirety" but also to "remove from the docket her proposed Reply Comments." The Cape Light Compact insists that its Opposition arguments have "revealed the legal deficiencies in the Attorney General's Motion to Compel" and that "contrary to the Attorney General’s Motion, the Compact’s Opposition did not raise any issue that was not anticipated or raised by the Attorney General." According to CLC, the Attorney General's brief amounts to an illegitimate attempt "to re-argue her case." In other words, the Cape Light Compact is arguing that the DPU should dismiss the Attorney General's arguments in response to the Compact's Opposition to providing the information requested by the Attorney General on the technical legal grounds that the AG should have anticipated the Compact's arguments and answered them previously. The Attorney General had her chance, according to the Cape Light Compact, and should not be allowed to Reply to the Cape Light Compact or to rebut the Cape Light Compact's indiscriminate legal mash up of the rules "discovery" vs. the rules of "argument." The DPU must NOT allow the Attorney General to receive the information that it requested. The DPU must NOT consider any of the information that the Attorney General requested. And now, the DPU must NOT evaluate, or acknowledge, the Attorney General's reasoning concerning the need to discover the information that the Attorney General has requested. The Cape Light Compact is already perfectly transparent -- "as transparent as a clean window," thank you very much -- without having to provide any of this information to the Attorney General and without suffering to have any of the information reviewed by its principal regulator, the Department of Public Utilities. Now who could argue with such a reasonable position? As the Cape Light Compact convincingly argues here, CLC is completely, totally open, transparent and accountable.....to itself. Therefore nothing more should be required of the Cape Light Compact by the Office of the Attorney General or the Department of Public Utilities -- or by anyone else for that matter. By all rights, the Attorney General should apologize for impugning the integrity of CLC and for prying into CLC's affairs! The nerve of the Attorney General! But CLC magnanimously allows here that it will reluctantly be satisfied if the DPU will simply stonewall all of the Attorney General's Information Requests and strike the Attorney General's comments from the record. Thus does CLC continue its familiar pattern of refusing to provide information and refusing to discuss its affairs, even as it insists that everything that it does, publicly or secretly, is perfectly legal and proper.....because CLC says it is so. Eric Bibler
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