FERC doesn’t follow
its own rules requiring public benefits for pipelines,
so it’s not surprising it doesn’t follow
its own rules on public meetings.
This time FERC is well into lawsuit territory.
Anne Meador and John Zangas, DC Media Group, 14 May 2015,
Dozens Denied Access to FERC Public Meeting,
Federal Protective Services took extraordinary measures to prevent
disruption of the Commission meeting by planned protests, barring
access to about 30 members of the public. FPS also banned the use of
recording devices, brushing aside FERC’s own rule expressly
permitting it. Two people were escorted out of the meeting room,
five detained and three arrested.
That’s arrested for exercising their First Amendment
“right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”, not to mention Continue reading FERC blocks people from attending and recording open meeting
FERC can’t face the heat!
But the rubberstamp machine can’t hide, either.
It’s a safe bet protesters will be there at the new date.
Alex Guillén, Politico, 8 May 2015,
FERC moves May meeting to avoid protestors,
ATTENTION FERC WORLD — MAY MEETING MOVED UP TO AVOID PROTESTS:
FERC has moved up its monthly May meeting at the recommendation of
federal law enforcement in order to avoid planned large-scale
protests. The commissioner’s regularly scheduled monthly public
meeting had been slated to take place on May 21, but because of
plans for protest actions involving potentially hundreds of people,
FERC has moved up the meeting to next Thursday, May 14. The decision
was made after a recommendation from the Federal Protective Service
“to better ensure the safety of its staff and the public
during the protests planned for May 21 at FERC headquarters,”
FERC spokesman Craig Cano wrote in an email.
About the protests: An umbrella group called
Beyond Extreme Energy
that charges FERC is Continue reading FERC running scared of protesters moves meeting date up to 14 May 2015