Town Councilman Clif Schneider asked project developer Richard Chandler and BP lawyer Harris about what he called their shadow outreach. Specifically what he asked about was BP's involvement in lawsuits, one against the Town of lyme and one against two local bloggers.
Mr. Schneider noted that in 2008 a group of land owners filed a lawsuit against the town of Lyme because they felt that Lyme's law effectively banned the development of wind-generating facilities within the town.
Next Mr. Schneider asked about the current lawsuit against Cape's two bloggers, Pandora's Box of Rocks and Jefferson Leaning Left.
Mr. Schneider mentioned the timing of the blogger lawsuit as being relative to the Article 10 process and he pointed out that in the complaint against the two bloggers, plaintiffs clearly identify themselves as voters for wind and citizens for fair government.
He based his question of BPs involvement in both lawsuits on several points.
In their PIP, BP established an explicit connection between themselves Trieste Associates and Voters for Wind.
|BP- Project Developer Richard Chandler|
“Trieste Associates has helped citizens organize groups such as Voters for Wind in New York that educates the public about the benefits of renewable energy resources. Voters for Wind filed and won a law suit against the elected officials who voted to prohibit a wind farm in the Town of Lyme, New York.”
Mr. Schneider also mentioned that the wind leases contain clauses that require landowners to fully cooperate in the approval and permitting process of their wind farm at no out - of - pocket expense to the land owner. He also noted that
the lawyers for the plaintiffs in the blogger case have represented BP in numerous other legal cases and they also have offices in the same Huston Texas building as BP.