Action Alert: Edmonton Bill 46 Meeting

Rocked by scandal, the decision-making process for major electricity projects under the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) will be restructured in the November sitting of the Alberta Legislature if Bill 46, the Alberta Utilities Commission Act is passed into law.But this new law will reduce the requirements for public notice of major power projects; make it harder for the public to participate in public hearings; and award the new commission broad, court-like powers to compel persons to appear before them, to compel incriminating testimony, and to jail people for contempt.Bill 46 will create a "New EUB" so powerful that they won't need spies!And while Alberta Energy tells investors that Alberta's policies "are not easily changed retroactively, and remain competitive to maintain necessary investment" (Alberta's Integrated Energy Strategy, P.7), Bill 46 will make a change to current law that retroactive to 2003, just to quash a landowners' lawsuit currently in the legal system.Joe Anglin, Vice Chair of the Lavesta Area Group, one of the organizations spied on by private investigators hired by the EUB, will speak on the threat of Bill 46 to the future of public rights and the power industry.Please join members of the Electricity Transmission Coalition and other community organizers at this important public meeting.Further information is available at or e-mail killbill46 [at] gmail [dot] comAll are welcome. RSVPs to killbill46 [at] gmail [dot] com are appreciated, but not necessary. Please forward to your members and friends.

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