Council files for intervenor status



ELLSWORTH — In the matter of the relicensing of the Graham Lake and Leonard Lake dams, the city of Ellsworth has filed for intervenor status with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Intervenor status gives the filer the ability to intercede in the FERC licensing process by participating in hearings, filing briefs and filing for rehearing. Interveners also have legal standing in a court of appeals if they challenge the commission’s final decision.

The filing was made on Tuesday, one day after the Ellsworth City Council unanimously approved the move.

The council voted unanimously to approve filing as an intervenor with an amendment requiring that approval for any related funding come before the council.

“Having a motion to intervene keeps our options open,” said Ellsworth City Manager David Cole at the meeting on Monday. “We can continue to work on all fronts to try to resolve the issues and hopefully come to reasonable accommodations.”

The towns of Waltham and Mariaville have also formally filed for intervenor status, as have numerous individuals and agencies.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]