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Letter to the editor: Albinson would be a good addition to Bristol selectboard

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
By Sally Burrell



I appreciate hearing all perspectives, however I’d like to address a few points in Kevin Hanson’s Feb. 21 letter. He misunderstood Ian Albinson’s comment about Bristol’s infrastructure complexity. Ian did not mean the actual construction of a gas pipeline. He was referring to what many residents are concerned about. Bristol’s aged water pipes need replacement.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol citizens are taking a stand on global warming

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Sally Burrell



The Bristol plaintiffs’ complaint in the case involving a natural gas pipeline and the town of Bristol was upheld on Jan. 28. Judge Arms denied the motions to dismiss the case by the town and selectboard and by Vermont Gas Systems. The court assumes all facts pleaded by the complaint as true. And the plaintiffs raise a novel issue not yet determined by the Supreme Court. The judge’s order allows the case to move forward for deeper exploration.

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Letter to the editor: Importing methane gas from Canada is a bad idea

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Sally Burrell



A garbage heap in Canada is the source of the renewable natural gas I’ve been hearing about in Addison County that is sold by Vermont Gas. Collecting and using that methane from decomposing biomass makes sense when burned locally in Canada for heat or electric generation. However, when pressurized and transported to customers hundreds of miles away, benefits are lost. Potent methane escapes from the inherent leaky infrastructure and contributes to atmospheric warming.

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Letter to the editor: Lawsuit seeks to protect Bristol residents' rights

Posted on September 10, 2018 |
By Sally Burrell



I am one of the 37 plaintiffs who filed a complaint against the Bristol selectboard and Vermont Gas Systems, asking for our right to vote. It is not yet clear what a vote would conclude. However, one thing is certain: misleading industry advertising has skewed public opinion to believe natural gas is cheaper and cleaner.

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Letter to the editor: Going green is cheaper than gas

Posted on September 6, 2018 |
By Sally Burrell



Kermit the frog laments, “It’s not easy being green.” However it’s often cheaper in the long run going green with efficiency and renewables than switching to natural gas. And life is made easier by stabilizing and lowering energy costs and creating a more comfortable environment. Programs like Efficiency Vermont offer technical assistance and rebates for weatherizing and efficiency measures. Contact your local energy committee for more info.

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Opinion: Using natural gas as a bridge fuel makes no sense

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Sally Burrell



It’s wise to carefully consider how energy projects impact the land, air and water. Our lives and economy depend on a clean environment. Likewise, the health of our society depends on living cooperatively, respecting each other and creating local solutions to local challenges. Surrendering to corporate pressure and outsourcing our energy needs is detrimental to our democratic process and to the expansion of our local energy economy.

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Opinion: Cold climate heat pumps are preferable to natural gas

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Sally Burrell



I am inspired by the rise in use of cold climate heat pumps by residents and businesses in Vermont. Heat pumps are proving to be less expensive than any fossil fuel, including natural gas, and are far cleaner.

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