Charlestown Asks For Extension To Review Invenergy Documents Because Invenergy Has Been So Slow To Supply Them

A public comment hearing in Charlestown is scheduled for December 5 to allow public comment from Charlestown citizens and others on Invenergy’s proposal to withdraw groundwater from Charlestown and transport it by tanker trucks to Burrillville to cool the turbines of the power plant they are seeking to build in that town.

The formal hearings before the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) with witness testimony and rebuttal by Invenergy are scheduled to begin on December 8.

In anticipation of that December 8 hearing, the Town of Charlestown sought intervenor status in mid-October. But as late as the end of last week, Charlestown has still not received the unredacked versions of Invenergy’s water withdrawal plan.

Charlestown has hired scientific experts to analyze the water withdrawal plan, but without all the facts, they can’t finish their analysis.

Because Invenergy has been so slow to supply the details, Charlestown has asked for a delay in the formal hearing date from December 8 to January 28, 2018. This doesn’t change the public hearing date, that remains fixed for December 5.

Read Charlestown’s full motion for extension.

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