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October 15th, 2014
The Public Service Board will decide this week whether to reconsider the benefits of Phase I of the fracked gas pipeline in light of the $35 million (41 percent) cost overrun. The CEO of Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) exclaimed at last week’s hearing that no price was too high for this “once-in-a-lifetime project,” confirming what astute observers already knew: Phase I is, by definition, economically irrational.
We urge you to vote for Amy Sheldon for Vermont state representative from Middlebury.
An Addison Independent editorial posed the question: “What is the fastest way to get the pipeline extended to Rutland?”
The answer lies in one simple formula: Phase I plus Phase II equals Phase III.
I write to enthusiastically endorse Amy Sheldon’s bid to represent Middlebury’s residents in the Vermont House.
I have known Amy for decades and have worked closely with her as a fellow member of the planning commission. That experience taught me that Amy has true integrity, listens openly to grasp the facts, and then, guided by her knowledge and beliefs, arrives at fair, balanced decisions. Those are qualities we must have in our representatives.
The rapid influx of solar panels in Vermont is causing a blight on the landscape, mainly due to the fact that town planning has no input in the siting process. State law gives the Public Service Board, which has only three members, complete responsibility for determining the location of all energy projects; the board does not have to respect local planning. So the board lets the developer do the siting and apparently doesn’t care enough to think about how these solar panels are changing the character of Vermont.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a half-dozen traffic accidents between Oct. 6 and 12, five within city limits and one in Ferrisburgh as a favor to Vermont State Police.
No one was hurt in any of the accidents, and the most significant came on Oct. 8. On that day a tractor-trailer truck tried to back into the Maverick gas station on Main Street and became stuck, damaging the grass median and a street sign in the process. Police directed traffic around the truck until it could be towed back onto the road.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded on Oct. 8 to a report about a youth who had passed out after smoking marijuana, and was now acting aggressively at a Seymour Street residence. Middlebury Regional EMS took the youth to Porter Hospital.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police with a vehicle-deer collision on Route 116 in Bristol on Oct. 6.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating a rash of firearm thefts in the county. Two thefts last week bring the total to three since Sept. 20, each in a separate town.