The MA Supreme Judicial Court has ruled out the proposed pipeline tax, intended to help build the Spectra gas pipeline. In so doing, they’ve done what our sad-sack, corporate-controlled House of Representatives wouldn’t do, in spite of 97 Reps’ signatures against the pipeline and a 39-0 vote in the Senate to ban the tax/fee.
According to the opinion by Justice Cordy, DPU’s 2015 rule (“Order 15-37”) allowing Massachusetts electric customers to be charged for the construction of interstate gas pipelines is prohibited by the plain languages of statutes that have been the law of the land in Massachusetts for almost two decades.
In his opinion, Justice Cordy wrote, Order 15-37 is “invalid in light of the statutory language and purpose of G. L. c. 164, § 94A, as amended by the restructuring act, because, among other things, it would undermine the main objectives of the act and reexpose ratepayers to the types of financial risks from which the Legislature sought to protect them.”
How nice to get bailed out by the SJC. How pathetic that our House of Representatives spit the bit when given the opportunity to protect consumers and our habitat.