This lack of responsiveness on the part of Potomac Edison and the regulators who are supposed to be protecting consumers from this utility monopoly clearly shows why a Citizens' Public Hearing was warranted.
More than 100 customers of Potomac Edison showed up for the hearing, and even though the guests of honor failed to make an appearance, state legislators, county commissioners, and a representative from U.S. Senator Manchin's office listened intently and sympathetically for more than two hours as a total of 26 citizens were heard.
The panel of public officials were raptly attentive and clearly flabbergasted at the what they heard, as Potomac Edison customers clutching handfuls of outrageous bills begged for help.
After every last citizen had been heard, the legislators took the podium, one by one, to pledge justice.
Del. Tiffany Lawrence said that Potomac Edison has shown a "lack of decency."
Del. Stephen Skinner characterized Potomac Edison as a "...monopoly with shoddy business practices."
Sen. Herb Snyder shook his fist while pledging, "This starts tonight. We are going to make the Public Service Commission accountable."
Sen. John Unger stated that after PATH, he thought FirstEnergy was "humbled in terms of how they treat people, but they have not learned their lesson."
We will be meeting with the legislators to keep you up to date about how they are keeping their promises to all of you. The fight has just begun!