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facility hearing set for Wednesday
Attorneys will cross-examine
witnesses Wednesday in the latest phase of the
contested case hearing on the proposed Cob Energy
At least three different
law firms are involved in the proceedings, which
will take place at 9 a.m. in the Klamath County
Commissioners hearing room.
Jan Prewitt of the Oregon Department of Justice said
she expects the cross-examination to be over in one
day. She said while only parties to the contested
case will be allowed to comment, the meeting is open
to the public for anyone who wants to come and watch
Prewitt said two witnesses are scheduled for
cross-examination, Jerry Grondin of the Oregon Water
Resources Department, and Phil Brown, a witness for
the Cob facility on water issues.
Cob spokesman Rob Trotta said Oregon's siting
process for power plants is rigorous, but stressed
that the lengthy process should make people
comfortable that the government is carefully
examining the proposal.
"I can assure you there are multiple layers of
review on this project. Nothing here gets seen by
less than three agencies," Trotta said. "I think if
I was a member of the public and I followed this
process and I read all the documents, I would feel
that my interests were being protected, that I was
being represented by the state.
Hearings Officer Virginia Gustafson is expected to
make a recommendation on the contested case by Sept.
3. After she makes a recommendation and both sides
have a chance to comment on her opinion, the Oregon
Energy Facility Siting Council will convene and
decide whether to grant Cob a site license.
By Brook Reinhard
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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