THE COMMITTEE of Seventy, Philly's good-government nonprofit, renewed its call today for City Council to hold hearings on Mayor Nutter's proposal to sell Philadelphia Gas Works before the lawmakers take off for summer vacation.
Council's last scheduled meeting this session is June 19. Members will reconvene in September.
UIL Holdings Corp., the Connecticut company Nutter has picked to buy PGW for $1.86 billion, is allowed to walk away from the deal if it isn't approved by Council and the state Public Utilities Commission by July 15. The company, however, is not expected to abandon ship right away.
"If Council intends to kill this deal, or any sale of PGW, it should be up-front and explain its reasons to the taxpayers," Seventy president Zack Stalberg said in an email. "If members genuinely have open minds, they should welcome a public hearing as an important first step in the due-diligence process they claim to be undertaking."