No Coal Plant Hearings Till June. Breathe Easy. Get It? Aw...
So, those coal-plant permit hearings didn't begin today after all -- and won't, for another four months, as per the State Office of Administrative Hearings' decision to postpone the proceedings till June 27 per State District Judge Stephen Yelenosky's ruling yesterday that Governor Rick Perry "lacks [the] authority" to issue an executive order that fast-tracks the coal-plant permit process. One interesting note from all this: Today's decision means that when the hearings do commence again, Mayor Laura Miller won't be mayor anymore.
Miller, who founded the Texas Cities for Clean Air Coalition in September and raised the $755,000 needed to wage war against TXU and other coal-plant comers, told Unfair Park last night that should the hearings be postponed, she doesn't know what her role will be in the anti-TXU fight. She said the city council would have to appoint her to be the city's representative to the TCCAC. Barring that, well, she will likely be involved, she's just not sure to what extent.
"I've already spent more time with my kids in the last two months than I have in the last nine years, so that's already happening," she says. "But, you know, I do want to keep active and do something. I don't want to run for political office. I have no interest in doing that. So, we'll see. I wouldn't mind...I just don't know." --Robert Wilonsky