At New Prague, three people brought up how hard it was to find things, or not knowing where to find things, so here’s an update on that — I’ve posted it often, but it realy is hard for people, particularly if they don’t know the docket number.
To look at PUC eFiling info — all the stuff that’s been filed in the various dockets go to:
Scroll down until you see the “search” button and right below that is the space to plug in the docket numbers. The first docket number represents the year it was filed, and the second is the docket number.
For the Certificate of Need Docket for Phase I – plug in 06-1115.
For Brookings Routing Docket, plug in 08-1474.
For the Monticello to St. Cloud, plug in 09-246.
For the Fargo to Monticello, plug in 09-1056.
MOES has a site, but it’s not the official record, that’s only on the PUC site. The thing is, info that is on PUC site does not always, USUALLY does not, appear on the MOES site. And things that are on the MOES site, also don’t necessarily get onto the official docket posting. That’s been a problem in the Mesaba docket, the Brookings docket, and it’s important to go through the Comments and other things and make sure that they get posted in the PUC official docket so it becomes part of the record. Who cares? Why is it important? Well, the purpose of the EIS is to “inform the record” but that’s been regarded as a separate process. Meanwhile, important information that relates to siting or routing is often submitted as comments to the DEIS or in scoping that do not make their way into the record and we only find out very late in the process, like the DOT’s comments and US Fish & Wildlife comments on the Brookings DEIS. Thanks to an alert citizen, and the DOT’s David Seykora, info is finally in the record that should have been there much earlier. Seykora is DOING HIS JOB!!! (like wow, very impressive that an agency employee shows up and pays attention and submits documents and ultimately testimony about important stuff, one would expect, but no, this is not typical of agencies, and there are a lot of people oh-so-grateful that the DOT showed up. I wish we could say the same for other agencies… sigh…).
People were wondering where to find the big maps, the most updated oens, that are being used at the front of the room to ID routes. If you go to the PUC site, look in docket 08-1474 for Exhibits 123-136. It starts with the river crossings as 123 and 124, and then from west to east, 125-136. NEVERMIND, I just went and looked and I don’t see them. Will post a link after I find out where they are.
The notice for the Myrick route is now filed, it went out this week, THIS WEEK, after all the hearings were over, and this is their preferred route.
Yeah, I know, it’s hard to see. Myrick is the lighter blue alignment, south of the darker blue along 169 there. For a closer look, go to the Notice link above and scroll down to bottom, there’s the pdf map!