Save the Ozarks is asking the Arkansas Public Service Commission to hold SWEPCO and the Southwest Power Pool accountable for their actions. Rather than allowing SWEPCO and SPP to walk away on their own no-fault terms, we ask the APSC to acknowledge that SWEPCO and SPP are at fault by
- denying SWEPCO’s application;
- declaring Save the Ozarks as the prevailing party ; and
- setting a schedule for filing motions for fees and costs by Save the Ozarks and other intervenors who challenged the need for the project.
SWEPCO asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to approve construction of a 345 kV transmission line that both SWEPCO and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) knew to be unnecessary.
The notice of withdrawal is a clever but transparent attempt by SWEPCO and SPP to extricate themselves from a situation of their own creation that caused significant harm to affected citizens and the APSC — the expenditure of tens of thousands of dollars and many thousands of hours of work by lawyers, experts, staff and volunteers — and to do so without being held accountable for their actions.
There is no legal framework or precedent for the APSC to follow with SWEPCO’s notice of withdrawal.
Save the Ozarks response to SWEPCO’s Notice of Withdrawal, http://www.apscservices.info/pdf/13/13-041-U_446_1.pdf
SWEPCO Notice of Withdrawal, http://www.apscservices.info/pdf/13/13-041-U_445_1.pdf