Republic Wind legal hearing moves to Nov. 4

The legal hearing for the Republic Wind project has been extended to Nov. 4. after a request for a continuance by Seneca County governmental entities through Seneca County Prosecutor Derek DeVine.

The hearing is to take place at 10 a.m. at the office of the Public Utilities Commission, Hearing Room 11-D, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus.

Instead of the 60 days requested by DeVine, OPSB decided on a continuance of about 30 days. The hearing previously was to have taken place Oct. 2. The public hearing took place Sept. 12 at Tiffin University’s Marion Center.

Sept. 4, Seneca County commissioners; Adams, Reed and Scipio townships; and the Seneca County Park District jointly requested the continuance, which was filed by DeVine, who recently took over representation in the case for all the county government entities involved.

The motion said DeVine only recently became “substantively involved” and needed more time to prepare for the adjudicatory hearing. The motion said the late change in counsel was “due to the change in membership of the Seneca County Commissioners, which resulted in a change in Seneca County’s official position relating to the application in this proceeding.”

Attorneys for Republic Wind filed a motion Sept. 5 objecting to the continuance, saying the change in legal counsel should not delay the hearing and citing time constraints caused by delays in getting information from the Federal Aviation Administration, among others.

Sept. 12, OPSB settled on a shorter continuance than requested.

Under the new timetable for the adjudicatory hearing, Republic Wind has until Oct. 21 to submit expert and factual testimony, a prehearing conference call is scheduled for Oct. 23 and intervenors have until Oct. 28 to submit expert and factual testimony.