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Is today the last day????
June 24, 2011 - Jessica Collier
After six(ish) weeks of hearings, today may be the very last day.
I say "may" because things get unpredictable at times and any number of motions could be made that could somehow extend the hearing.
There are also three witnesses to get through today, two of whom are testifying together, and cross-examination could potentially go long.
But I think everyone involved is pretty ready for these hearings to wrap up, so I'd be surprised if they didn't work hard to finish up today.
The Adirondack Council is putting on Michale Glennon and Heidi Kretser, and Protect is putting on Phyllis Thompson. I'm guessing there will be a good amount of cross for the Council's witnesses, but it sounded yesterday like there wouldn't be much for Thompson. I believe her testimony is about the birds she has observed near the project site.
I don't think they've decided yet how long to allow for people to submit closing briefs. At first it sounded like it was going to be about 30 days, but I guess it might be a little longer since there's so much information to respond to. It's kind of too bad that none of the closing arguments will be made live — I feel like it would give better closure for the hearings (and also give me the opportunity for photo ops) — but I understand why they're doing it the way they are.
After those are submitted, there will be room for parties to submit responses to the closing briefs, and then it's 60 days and the APA commissioners have to make a decision. We're getting there!
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