At the end of the meeting, one woman approached the microphone for a second time, saying DEP owed her 30 more seconds to speak. “We’re done,” said Connolly.

Several other people in the audience began noisily hooting and complaining,

Al Wirth, a Lehigh University professor, took the microphone to speak, saying he had been told he did not need to sign up to do so. He began saying what he wanted to say, but the meeting had been declared over and most people were leaving the auditorium.