Holding this proceeding in abeyance and allowing the Company to obtain such additional information and to work with Staff to develop additional production cost models would prejudice no one.
"The public" has been inconvenienced and financially harmed by Grain Belt Express every day of the past 2 years this thing has been an active threat to their lives and livelihood. Targeted landowners have been living in stasis, afraid to invest in their properties, unable to sell their properties without disclosing the possible intrusion of a gigantic power line that will lower its value. Thousands have been spent legally defending their rights. There has been many a sleepless night, an uneaten meal, and way too much family time foregone in favor of meetings, hearings, and other related events. These folks have been put through the wringer, but they have persevered.
Now, when denial of Clean Line's application is imminent, the company suddenly wants the Commission to slow down, after urging it to hurry up all these months it thought it was on the way to victory.
The Commission has given GBE way too many chances already. A full evidentiary hearing was held. The record was closed. But, the Commission gave GBE a second chance to supplement the record months after the record had closed. Clean Line couldn't be bothered to provide the necessary information or evidence. Now GBE wants a third chance to get it right, and for thousands of affected landowners to continue to live in suspended animation for however long it takes GBE to get its act together.
Obviously Lawlor's threats to march right to the U.S. DOE to revive his application for federal eminent domain authority under Sec. 1222 of the U.S. Energy Policy Act was a big, fat bluff. He's not going anywhere, except to drop to his knees right there in Missouri and beg for a third chance.
"Do overs" are best left on the playground. Release the landowners from this corporate game-playing purgatory. Deny the application.