In order to be better prepared for the upcoming public open houses, the following information was sent to me from a party involved in a CREZ line issue with ONCOR, and said, if it might help, I could share some of their perspective.
Shared perspective below:
ONCOR used all the comments at the open houses to their advantage and tried to spin them and cherry pick what they wanted to present in testimony about COMMUNITY VALUES.
Community values are one of the factors used in the decision making by the PUC commission. So, everyone,,,,,,,, on your side,,,,,,, know that they need to be prepared to write exactly what your community values are, where they need to stay away from, where they should pick the route and why. Point out environmental issues, Scenic views, your talking points, so to say.
It was not realized that all the information on the comment sheets were going to be used, in some cases against parties involved. They will use the divide and conquer tact. So be prepared to see these comments used, by your side and if they can spin them on their side.
Do not use the NIMBY (Not In My BackYard), it does not work, you have to use a greater, not in my community argument. The more people on your side that come and fill out the papers the better it will be. This is a time for everyone there to get their points on record.
Bring cameras and take pictures of the maps, if they are written on, somebody stay or come late and take pictures of anything written on the maps, if like ONCOR, they just will not be able to find those maps anywhere. Anything that cannot be proved could be denied.
An environmental attorney is worth every penny, especially if they have good working relations with TPWD.
Anyone have horned toads, you must spend the money for an "Expert Witness" to document them. They put very little weight on the common landowner, but they think these hired experts hung the moon.
The party who shared the above just wanted to give us the benefit of what they have learned through their experience. It was also their perspective, that some of what they thought mattered did not.