Oronoco Twp Appeals Transmission Decision

Filed under:Appeal,Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on July 11, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

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Oronoco has Petitioned the Supreme Court to review the Appellate Court’s affirmation of the decision of the Public Utilities Commission to route CapX 2020 transmission through Oronoco Township.  I don’t have a copy of the Petition yet, they send mail by ox cart, but I found out, thanks to a little birdie:

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Appellate Court Case Search site – plug in docket A12-1632 and click on “Petition – Further Review”

This might get you there directly: Petition – Further Review

HERE IT IS!!!  It arrived in the inbox!  Maybe it’ll appear in the mail tomorrow.

Oronoco Petition to the Supreme Court

I’m having a hard time understanding why they think it’s a good investment of public money to challenge this decision — the Rochester paper says they’ve spent $300,000 on this — but why?  The further you get from the administrative process, the harder it is to turn it around, the more deference a court gives the administrative process, which starts out at “great deference” and goes up from there.  WOW!  Well, here goes!

In the Rochester Post Bulletin:

Oronoco Township continues to fight CapX transmission line

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 3:52 pm | Updated: 4:06 pm, Thu Jul 11, 2013.

MINNEAPOLIS — One of the two groups opposed to the selected routes of CapX 2020 through southeastern Minnesota has taken its plea to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Oronoco Township Board voted July 1 to pursue that course of action after a crowd of 20 urged it to keep fighting, according to Oronoco Town Board Chairman Mark Thein. Kay Nord Hunt, the township’s attorney, officially filed the petition Wednesday — just before the appeal deadline expired — in its continued attempt to shift the transmission line north from White Bridge Road to the Zumbro Dam.

Xcel is one of 11 investor-owned, co-op and municipal utilities building the project. Among the utilities are Rochester Public Utilities and other members of the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency.

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