2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: doobage@localnet.com
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 12:37:54 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] (Request for help) Public Participation
Terence - Like many other aspects of life, your question is simply stated,
but the answer is somewhat complicated. If the public comments coincide
with those of you Department - great, you will have a successful project.
But assume that the project is controversial, then the answer will depend
on: a) whether the bosses in your Department are willing to diverge from
the course they think the project should pursue, b) whether your program is
politicized or subject to political pressure, c) whether the civic group(s)
responding to your plan are politicized, proactive (willing to undertake
bare-knuckle fights), d) whether the participant in the EIS possess great
monetary resources and political connections, whether the area is
economically starved, e) whether there is a clear course for the project
(EIS) as defined by your Department.

If there is unwillingness in your Department, politics are involved and the
civic organizations are moribund, my guess is that adverse public comments
will be ignored and the project will follow the course prescribed by the
powers to be. Yes, public meetings are held with a Q&A period and those
questions are collected with other that may be written or asked outside of
the meeting. A written Q&A response is provided to the public.

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