Met Tower PSB process

This page is dedicated to the process we have been through simply because we notified the State of Vermont that Travis Belisle did not get a permit when he put up his Wind Measurement tower in 2012.

This page will continue to be updated as this process continues. I would never have believed this would be the process if I wasn’t living it.

July 2, 2015: Dustin and Christine Lang send a letter to the Public Service Board alerting them to the fact that Travis Belisle has a wind meteorological monitoring tower on Rocky Ridge that he did not get a permit to install.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/dear-susan-hudson.pdf

July 8, 2015: Letter to the Dept of Public Service from the PSB asking DPS to investigate the allegation and submit a recommendation to the Board.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/july-8.pdf

July 23, 2015: Letter from DPS to PSB recommending the Board open an investigation into this matter.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/july-23.pdf

August 7, 2015: Order opening Investigation and Notice of PreHearing Conference
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2015/2015-08/8561 Order Opening InvestigationAndPHC.pdf

August 12, 2015: Leslie Cadwell files Notice of Appearance for this docket.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/aug-12-leslie-noa.pdf

August 25, 2015: Prehearing conference video and transcript
https://youtu.be/q1t_9GIjri8
August 25 Hearing Transcript

August 31, 2015: Leslie letter RE: Site Visit: Only hearing officer, DPS and ANR are allowed on site visit due to trespassing, vandalism and disrespect.
Note: Langs did not find out about this letter until September 15.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2015-8-31-site-visit-2.pdf

September 4, 2015: Prehearing Conference Memorandum and Scheduling Order
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2015/2015-09/8561%20PHCmemo%26SchedORD.pdf

September 4, 2015: Christine and Dustin Motion to Intervene
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/sep-4-motion-to-intervene.pdf

September 10, 2015: Megan Ludwig for DPS Notice of Appearance
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/sep-10_megan-noa.pdf

September 11, 2015: Megan Ludwig Comment on Request for Intervention by Christine and Dustin
DPS does not object to the Lang’s intervention
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561-2015-09-11-dps-response-to-lang-motion.pdf

September 14, 2015: Travis Belisle Pre-filed testimony
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/prefiled-testimony-exhibits-of-travis-belisle.pdf

September 15, 2015: Jen Duggan email asking to be allowed to file intervention request late. Everyone agrees that is ok.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/sep-15-jen-duggan-email.pdf

September 15, 2015: Agency of Natural Resources Motion to Intervene
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2015-09-15-anr-motion-to-intervene.pdf

September 15, 2015: Lang Objection to not being allowed on the Site Visit
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/gmail-docket-8561-e28094-time-sensitive-urgent-9_15.pdf

September 15, 2015: Cancellation of Site Visit
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/sep-15-site-visit-cancelled.pdf

September 21, 2015: Respondent Opposition to Lang Motion to Intervene
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/sep-21-opposition-to-intervene.pdf

October 8, 2015: Procedural Order Re: Intervention
Lang’s Motion to Intervene is denied without prejudice so they can apply again.
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2015/2015-10/8561 Intervention Order.pdf

October 12, 2015: ANR’s First Set of Information Requests on Respondent
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2015_10_12_8561-discovery-requests.pdf

October 12, 2015: DPS’s First Set of Information Requests on Respondent
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/dkt-8561-dps-info-requests.pdf

October 16, 2015: Lang 2nd Motion to Intervene
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561_christinedustinlang_motiontointervene_101615.pdf

October 16, 2015: Additional Notice of Appearance by ANR
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2015-10-16-psb-8561-noa-of-lw-and-cos.pdf

October 22, 2015: Order on Comments on Second Lang Motion to Intervene
Comments on the Second Intervention request allowed until October 30.
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2015/2015-10/8561%20ORDreCommentsOnSecondLangMotionToIntervene.pdf

October 27, 2015: DPS Comments on Second Request for Intervention by Christine and Dustin
DPS and ANR do not have an issue with the Lang’s intervention request
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561-2015-10-27-dps-comments-to-second-request-for-intervention-by-christine-dustin-lang.pdf

October 30, 2015: Respondent’s Answers to DPS Discovery
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2015-10-30-8561-respondents-answers-to-dps-discovery.pdf

October 30, 2015: Respondent’s Answers to ANR Discovery
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2015-10-30-8561-respondents-answers-to-anr-discovery.pdf

October 30, 2015: Respondent’s Opposition to Second Lang Motion to Intervene
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/leslie-response-to-lang-motion2.pdf

November 2, 2015: Request to delay schedule until after Ruling on Lang Motion to Intervene
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/nov-2-schedule-delay.pdf

November 3, 2015: Travis files Motion for Protective Order
Request to keep private, personal financial information under seal
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/11-3-15-belisle-motion-for-protective-order.pdf

November 4, 2015: Response to Respondent’s Opposition to Second Motion to Intervene
Lang’s object to Travis Belisle suggestion that we are intervening because of a dispute over an escrow from when we purchased land from Travis.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561_christinedustinlang_repsonseto2ndmotiontointervene_110415.pdf

November 5, 2015: Subpoena served on Christine and Dustin
Sheriff served the subpoenas at our home. This is a request for information that can be provided through the docket and the proper process. Gives ten days to comply.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/nov-5_rule-45-subpoena_christine.pdf
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/nov-5_rule-45-subpoena_dustin.pdf

November 6, 2015: Lang Objection to Rule 45 Subpoena
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561_christinedustinlang_objection_rule45subpoena_110615-2.pdf

November 6, 2015: Procedural Order: Intervention
Langs are granted partial intervention – only on the particular interest as adjoining landowners.
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2015/2015-11/8561%202nd%20Intervention%20Order.pdf

November 16, 2015: Second Objection to Rule 45 Subpoena
Since we didn’t have a response back on our objection to the subpoena, we sent a second letter. Also, at that point, we realized that the DPS and PSB did not have a copy of the subpoenas.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561_christinedustinlang_objection2_rule45subpoena_111615.pdf

November 16, 2015: Deadline for Comments on Travis Protective Order
Responses due by November 30.
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2015/2015-11/8561 ProcedORDreProtectiveORD.pdf

November 17, 2015: Deadline for Comments on Lang Motion to Quash Subpoena
Responses due by November 30.
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2015/2015-11/8561 ProcedORDreMotionQuashSubpoena.pdf

November 20, 2015: Request to Extend deadline for setting schedule
Any adjustments to the schedule based on the Langs intervention status were due on November 20, but due to above responses being due on November 30th, DPS is requesting that the schedule deadline move to December 4.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/nov-20_schedule-extension.pdf

November 23, 2015: Extension of Schedule Granted
Hearing Officer Michael Tousley grants the extension.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/nov-23_schedule-extenstion-granted.pdf

November 30, 2015: Leslie sends an email withdrawing the Subpoenas
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561-subpoenas-motions-to-quash-11_30.pdf

November 30, 2015: DPS Comments on Protective Order and Motion to Quash Subpoena
They agree with both.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561-2015-11-30-psd-comments-on-motion-objection.pdf

December 1, 2015: Email Correspondence to try to set schedule which is now due December 4. Leslie indicates in her email that Discovery requests for the Lang’s has been sent US Mail.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/gmail-re-docket-8561-schedule-11_1.pdf

December 1, 2015: (Only sent by mail, so Received December 3, 2015) Withdrawal of Subpoena and Discovery Requests on Dustin and Christine
Basically, the discovery request is basically the same as what was requested in the subpoenas with just a few minor changes.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/december-1_discovery-request.pdf

December 3, 2015: Respondent’s Motion for PSB Review of Hearing Officer’s Order on Intervention (Leslie also stayed the Discovery Request that she mailed on the 1st and we hadn’t yet received)
Leslie is stating that the Hearing Officer erred in granting our partial intervenorship and she is requesting a full Board review
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2015_12_03_13_20_30.pdf

December 4, 2015: Motion for more Definitive Statement and Detailed Statement on the Burden of Proof and Issues for the Hearing
Leslie is asking that the schedule be postponed until the Board reviews the Lang intervenorship. She is asking for more information about who bears the burden of proof in this case.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/15-12-04-resp-mot-def-statement.pdf

December 4, 2015: DPS Proposed Schedule
Proposed schedule for the rest of this docket (goes out to at least May 16). Also requests that all filings are done electronically on the day they are due along with sending paper copies.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561-2015-12-04-psd-proposed-schedule.pdf

December 10, 2015: Request for Enlargement of Time
DPS requests extension of time to respond to the PSB review of the Lang’s Intervention and Burden of Proof request by Travis Belisle’s lawyer.
https://swantonwind.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8561-2015-12-10-request-for-enlargement-of-time.pdf

December 15, 2015: PSB grants Enlargement of Time:
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2015/2015-12/8561%20ProcedORDreRequestEnlargementOfTime.pdf

January 4, 2016: PSB grants Belisle protective order to seal information on his 2014 income.
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2016/January/8561%20Protective%20Order.pdf

January 15, 2016: DPS response to Motions from Belisle on Review of Langs intervention and more definitive statement.
Dkt 8561 1.15.16 DPS Response to Respondent Motions
Dkt 8561 1.15.16 DPS Motion for Partial Summ Judgment
Dkt 8561 1.15.16 DPS Statement of Undisputed Material Facts

January 15, 2016: ANR response to Motions:
2016.01.15 ANR to PSB RE Motion for Partial Summary Judgment et al-1

January 15, 2016: Langs response to Motions from Belisle on Review of Langs intervention and more definitive statement.
8561 – 2016.01.15 LangResponse to Belisle Motions

January 20, 2016: Board Order Re: Comments on DPS Motion for Partial Summary Judgement due by February 5th.
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2016/January/8561%20ORD%20re%20Comments%20on%20DPS%20MSJ%20Motion.pdf

January 25, 2016: Leslie asks for a clarification of the deadline.
Letter re Clarification of Deadline

January 29, 2016: Board response to clarification of dates
Jan 29 Ruling on dates

February 17, 2016: Travis Opposition to Motion for Partial Summary Judgement and request for dismissal.
2016.2.16 Respondents Opp to SJ and Cross Mot for SJ

February 17, 2016: Example 246 Application.
2016.2.16 Attachment 1 (246 App Form) Respondents Opp and Cross SJ

March 16, 2016: Lang response to Travis Opposition to Motion for Partial Summary Judgement.
8561 – 2016.03.17 DPS Response to Respondent Cross Motion 8561 – 2016.03.11 LangResponse to BelisleOppositionToPartialSummaryJudgment

March 17, 2016: DPS response to Travis Opposition to Motion for Partial Summary Judgement.
8561 – 2016.03.17 DPS Response to Respondent Cross Motion

April 5, 2016: Leslie Cadwell Reply to Opposing Parties’ Responses to Respondent’s
Cross Motion for Summary Judgment
2016.4.5 Respondents Reply Mem to SJ Opposition-1

June 29, 2016: Order Denying Motion for Reconsideration
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2016/June/8561%20Order%20intervention%20reconsideration.pdf

July 25, 2016: Leslie Cadwell files an appeal to the Supreme Court for the Motion for Reconsideration denial.
2016.7.25_Notice of Appeal of Order on Reconsideration

August 10, 2016: Public Service Board Letter to the Vt. Supreme Court.
PSB Letter to Vt Supreme Court

August 9, 2016: Leslie Cadwell Docketing Statement filed with Vt. Supreme Court. (Also included links to the June 29th order denying motion for reconsideration and the November 6th Intervention order).
Swanton Wind Docketing Statement

August 18, 2016: Supreme Court letter asking Swanton Wind to show cause as to why this shouldn’t just play out at the PSB:
Supreme_Court_Show_Cause

August 19, 2016: Department of Public Service Docketing Statement:
2016-281 – 2016.08.19 PSD Docketing Statement

September 13, 2016: DPS Motion for Dismissal of Vt. Supreme Court appeal due to show cause not being filed in a timely manner.
2016-281-2016-09-13-dps-motion-to-dismiss

September 23, 2016: Vt Supreme Court dismisses Swanton Wind appeal due to failure to file show cause.
Supreme Court Dismissal

November 9, 2016: The PSB grants the Summary Judgement motion by DPS!
http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2016/November/8561%20Order%20re%20SJ%20motions.pdf

January 13, 2017: PSB is asking for suggested schedules by February 1, 2017
order_schedule_proposals_due