Clean air advocate subpoenaed by Colorado Springs Utilities in records dispute

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Clean air advocate Jacquie Ostrom is being ordered to testify at a deposition and produce four months of emails or other communications sought in the Colorado Springs Utilities action against Leslie Weise.

Ostrom said the subpoena she was served Wednesday night illustrates the “witch hunt” by Utilities, which is seeking sanctions, fines and jail time for Weise, a Monument attorney battling Utilities over a report on air quality. Ostrom served more than a year on a customer advisory group to help Utilities craft its Electric Integrated Resource Plan, which was approved in November 2015. Since then, she has fought to hold Utilities accountable for emissions.

Two more people are expected to be subpoenaed in the case over the next week.

Weise has waged court battles for more than a year to obtain air-quality reports commissioned by Utilities from AECOM Technical Services Inc.

After she lost the fight in El Paso County District Court in December 2015, she took it to the Colorado Court of Appeals, whose clerk unwittingly sent her the confidential report she’d been seeking.

A judge ordered her to return it and make no copies, which Weise says she did.

Utilities is seeking sanctions, though, because Weise told The Gazette that the report shows violations of sulfur dioxide standards at the coal-fired Martin Drake Power P

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