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Wind Wise Backs Open Records

January 21, 2016

In the experience of Wind Wise – Massachusetts, trying to get some response to a request for public records is met with delays, blacked-out text, or demands for ransom ($18,000 demanded for activities of the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection). That’s why organization President Louise Grabowski urges the Senate to pass “An Act to Improve Access to Public Records” (S.1676).Publicrecordsbill_Senate

This bill could expedite request responses by sending records in electronic form if they already exist in electronic form, limit the use of redaction to “exempt” matters in the existing law, and lower fees for public records to nominal levels.

Here is the Wind Wise statement:  Publicrecordsbill_Senate.

Peru’s Garnet Hill feasibility study is one location where the data in a table has been redacted.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Osmo permalink
    January 29, 2016 3:11 am

    I am 100% for open records, but I think it needs to go both ways. E.g. I would want 501c’s to have to make their funding sources transparent and public as well. (This would include everything from Wind Wise to the Union of Concerned Scientists) – although in the latter case they are transparent already – it would just be nice to see it as a legislated fact.

  2. January 25, 2016 12:27 pm

    Gov Deval Patrick email was: sally.reynolds@state.ma.us in order to avoid FOIA requests about emails to wind turbine contractors. Where are all the fake emails he used Sally Reynolds ?

  3. January 21, 2016 11:56 am

    Since the government is complicit with the Wind Mafia to deny, obfuscate and redact any and all information that exposes the lies of the wind power industry and the massive scam that is perpetrated by it on the public, what chance do you think this bill has in the already bribed houses of legislature?

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