The results from the Independent Investigation into Entergy’s Paid Actor Scandal hit the presses late last night. Here’s all the info you need:
"A plan to use paid actors to fill a public meeting concerning a controversial power plant was orchestrated by a large number of Entergy New Orleans executives, including former CEO Charles Rice, according to the results of City Council investigation." (Read more on WWL)
Here’s the deal, Entergy paid actors to show up at City Hall in support of their gas plant, then lied about knowing about it. They compromised our democratic process and kept real community members out of the room. So, what’s City Council going to do about it?? Well after pouring over the legal resolutions, we found out the Council is proposing a $5 million dollar fine and some ethics classes. Just as a reminder, City council approved Entergy’s spending of over $210 Million to build their power plant, for which ENO earns over 11% profit (paid for by everyone with a light bill), meaning ENO gets over $23 Million in pure profit.
This Fortune 500 company lied repeatedly to elected officials, regulators, and the public whom they serve while undermining our democratic process. So a $5 million fine? New Orleans Deserves Better.
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2. Public Interest Intervenors Petition For REHEARING
3. Public Interest Intervenors Petition for Judicial Review
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Collection of writings from Public Interest Intervenors DSCEJ, AAE, Sierra Club, 350 NOLA, and VAYLA.