AUC Taken to Court Over Botched Power Line Decision

Rural landowners in Sturgeon County have filed papers asking the Alberta Court of Appeal to hear arguments that the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) botched the job when it recently approved the overhead 500 kilovolt Heartland power line (see Canadian Press, Edmonton Journal and St. Albert Gazette articles; and Global Edmonton (1) and Global Edmonton (2) coverage).

The filed papers indicate the AUC was unduly influenced by Premier Redford when she publicly said she wanted the Heartland line built, and overturned her Energy Minister’s earlier request that the AUC suspend its consideration of the Heartland line.

An affidavit filed by one of the landowners negatively affected by the AUC decision points to the interaction between the Premier and the so-called independent AUC, charging political interference with the quasi-judicial commission.

~ by RETA on November 29, 2011.

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