“When it comes to dealing with cell phone towers and other wireless telecommunications facilities that began to pop up around the city earlier this year, Independence might have more leg to stand on than city leaders thought.
The city law department has contracted Healy Law Offices in Springfield, Missouri, which specializes in utility regulatory law, to help draft ordinances that allow the city to have some say in the construction of wireless facilities.” — by Mike Genet, Examiner.net
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A renewable energy company again faced opposition from landowners Monday as it tried for the second time to win one of the final pieces of regulatory approval needed to carry wind power east from the nation’s heartland over one of the country’s longest transmission lines. CLICK LINK TO READ ARTICLE
Wind Energy Firm Trying Again
Peggy A. Whipple is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Missouri, Tennessee and Ohio, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Eighth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Peggy’s civil litigation practice has included products liability defense, mass tort litigation including consolidations and class actions, ecclesiastical law and utility and environmental regulation and enforcement. Her appellate practice has also included the prosecution and defense of extraordinary writ actions.
Peggy was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. She graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo Law School in 1985, serving as a member of both its Law Review and its National Moot Court Team. Upon graduation, she joined the Toledo, Ohio law firm of Fuller & Henry. In 1992, she joined the Knoxville, Tennessee law firm of Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Woolf, and became a partner in that firm before becoming one of the founding partners of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, also of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Peggy, her husband Steve, and their children Jacqueline and Eric chose to return to Missouri and their extended family, and in 2006 Peggy joined the Missouri Public Service Commission as its Chief Counsel for Litigation. Peggy defended the Commission’s orders in Missouri appellate courts, and pursued litigation in state and federal courts on behalf of the Commission or its Commissioners, including multi-district litigation in federal court in California to investigate violations of Missouri’s privacy laws regarding telephone communications. In 2009, Peggy joined the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as its Deputy Chief of Litigation, and soon won over $25 million to benefit Missouri state employees’ deferred compensation fund. Peggy pursued Missouri’s full share of the annual Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement payments by presenting the state’s case in the largest arbitration ever convened in United States legal history, and built the state’s case for the damages to its natural resources caused by the underground fire burning at the Bridgeton Landfill in St. Louis County. Peggy joined Healy Law Offices, LLC in February, 2017.
We sometimes forget Missouri has been a coal-producing state for decades. Although not a major producer like Wyoming or West Virginia, our state has mined coal, along with lead, zinc, copper and silver for more than a century. And all of this mining has not only employed thousands in family-supporting, middle-class jobs, but it has also underpinned some of America’s key industrial sectors (thanks to the lead we extract for car batteries and computers, and the copper we contribute to electric wires and home appliances.) CLICK LINK TO READ MORE
You have to admire the Obama Administration’s optimism. Even though the Supreme Court issued a stay on the president’s “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) earlier this year, the EPA insists that states should keep moving forward with efforts to radically alter their power sector. CLICK LINK TO READ MORE
Poor Hillary Clinton. She continues to create controversy, thanks to her recent pledge to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Campaigning in coal country this week, she certainly got an earful from angry residents. CLICK LINK TO READ MORE
Just when Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment set a new low for insensitivity, we saw another real zinger this week from former Clinton White House staffer William Galston. CLICK LINK TO READ MORE
Healy Law Offices, LLC proudly welcomes Heather H. Starnes to the firm’s new Little Rock office.
As the former Manager of External Affairs and Regulatory Policy for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and in private practice as an attorney and consultant, Heather oversaw development of policy through the SPP stakeholder process, including revisions to the FERC-jurisdictional tariff and state regulatory processes. During her tenure as an attorney and consultant in private practice she has provided guidance to a broad spectrum of energy clients, including municipals, cooperatives, joint action agencies, transmission companies and vertically integrated utilities.
Heather has more than 20 years of experience, primarily in the areas of energy, utilities, municipal and administrative law. She also has extensive experience in state and federal regulatory and legislative processes.
“The addition of Heather to our new Little Rock office, with her expansive knowledge of the energy and utilities industries in both SPP and MISO, her understanding of the political processes in those RTOs, as well as her strong history with public power, is exciting,” Doug Healy, founder of Healy Law Offices , said.
Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of Law. While in law school, she served as a clerk for the Arkansas Municipal League, working with Arkansas municipals to address legal and regulatory issues and developing training programs for city officials. She lives in Little Rock with her twins, Ken and Sarah.
Heather can be reached by telephone either at her direct line of (501) 712-2920 or by email at email@example.com.
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