Earlier, Public Eye reported Columbia Basin Trust Energy Inc. - part of the locally-controlled Columbia Basin Trust - was looking into purchasing the Crown-owned Columbia Power Corporation. The trust informed government of its intent on June 20. And now your humble organ has learned Columbia Basin Trust Energy has hired a number of consultants to work on the takeover agreement - including former chief executive officer Ken Epp. Said hiring is sure to inspire much confidence among those who follow the trust's increasingly Byzantine machinations. After all, astute readers will recall Mr. Epp resigned from his post following completion of an audit that found him to be in an apparent or perceived conflict of interest. The reason: during his tenure, Columbia Basin Energy awarded $2 million worth in contracts to the company Mr. Epp was working for.
September 9, 2005