At the April 4th meeting the Bristol Town Council voted 4-0 (Mr. Teixiera was not present) to approve a resolution to support the creation of the quasi-government entity - East Bay Energy Consortium Act. This consortium will be all-powerful, answer to no-one, and has eminent domain powers. The motion was made by David Barboza and seconded by Mary Parella.
The House version of the bill can be viewed at http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText12/HouseText12/H7592.pdf
I understand that this bill is being "tweaked" as we speak.
It is hard to believe that any town council member would vote to put the property of their constituents at risk. However, it happened. I don't know if they did not understand the bill last month but it is going to be re-visited this month due to public outcry.
Please try to attend this meeting. This is an extremely dangerous bill and needs to be stopped. We do not want a government agency entering into the utility business. Many of the legislators who originally supported this have withdrawn their support.
The concept is admirable. What we don't need is another BCWA-type entity with enormous, almost totalitarian powers.
The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Bristol Town Hall. Please try to attend.