Chris Recchia

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

A group of protestors that call themselves the People’s Department of Environmental Justice showed up at Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia’s home Wednesday morning and set up a fake hydraulic fracturing tower in his driveway.

Earlier this month, Vermont’s Department of Public Service released hundreds of documents in response to a public records request from VPR. All of the documents relate to the department’s preparation of a report, ordered by the Legislature, analyzing the department’s ratepayer advocacy work.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Earlier this week, a report from VPR raised new questions about whether a top government official used his authority to soften internal criticism of his own department. On Thursday afternoon, a Senate committee asked Commissioner of Public Service Chris Recchia to address the story. And Recchia says he engaged in no willful manipulation of the document.

Toby Talbot / AP File

The chairman of Vermont’s Senate Finance Committee is calling Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia before the Senate committee after documents revealed that Recchia removed key criticisms and reform recommendations from the department’s self-assessment report earlier this year.

“I will be inviting Commissioner Recchia to speak to committee tomorrow,” said Chittenden Sen. Tim Ashe in an email to VPR. “Needless to say, having written the language asking for this report, this is not pretty looking.”

Angela Evancie / VPR File

The commissioner of the Department of Public Service stripped key criticisms and recommendations for legislative reform from the department’s self-assessment earlier this year, overruling suggestions from top staff, documents show.