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Opinion: Ticonderoga official backs natural gas pipeline plan

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By William Grinnell



Editor’s note: The Ticonderoga, N.Y., official wrote this letter to Adam Lougee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission and copied the Independent. Also, the Ticonderoga Town Council on Monday approved a resolution with similar wording as this letter that supports the natural gas pipeline to International Paper and encourages the regional planning commission to do the same.

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Opinion: Shumlin skirts pipeline answers

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Norton Latourelle



I left the Legislative Luncheon in Middlebury on March 24 with an upset stomach. It had little to do with the great goulash and brownie meal that the American Legion provided. The trouble seemed to originate from the keynote speaker. What the press didn’t say is what the governor avoided answering. And how could they? He didn’t say anything. Sound confusing? Well that’s how I felt.

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Public Service Department officials answer pipeline questions in Monkton

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Dozens of Monkton residents whose land Vermont Gas Systems is seeking for a natural gas pipeline attended a meeting hosted by two officials from the Department of Public Service and Sen. Christopher Bray, to help landowners negotiate right-of-way easements with the utility company.

The meeting, held Thursday evening at the Monkton firehouse, featured Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia and DPS General Counsel Louise Porter.

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Editorial: Phase II and the public good

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If Vermont Gas Systems thinks it has had a rocky time with Phase I of the Addison County pipeline project, running from Colchester to Middlebury, they might want to reconsider their strategy for the next leg of the project. With Phase II, it’s going to get much worse.

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Citizens in three county town denounce gas pipeline proposal

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Residents in three Addison County towns this week passed articles condemning the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline that is proposed to run through the county.

Voters in Monkton, Cornwall and Shoreham voiced their disapproval with Vermont Gas, the state’s only gas utility, by overwhelmingly approving the measures at their respective town meetings.

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Opinion: Fracking causes many problems nationwide

Posted on March 5, 2014 |
By Pat Ullom



We have decided in Vermont to ban “fracking.” We can be proud of that decision. How do we then justify using the product of the fracking? It is such avarice, greed and hypocrisy that it is embarrassing.

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Local businesses fight Vermont Gas pipeline

Posted on March 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — A group of Champlain Valley business owners spoke out against the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project at a press conference this past Tuesday at the Vermont Soap Works factory in Middlebury.

The speakers, led by Vermont Soap CEO Larry Plesant, urged businesses in Addison County not to use natural gas when it arrives here, possibly in 2014. The press conference was organized by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), a lobbying firm that opposes the pipeline.

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Monkton residents decry Vermont Gas tactics after company threatens to use eminent domain

Posted on February 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Vermont Gas Systems has said it will use eminent domain to obtain Monkton land it needs to build its pipeline through Addison County if town landowners do not agree to let the company cross their land.

At least some Monkton residents said they consider that tactic to be threatening.

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Landowners worry about impact of pipeline on Lake Champlain

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — While a good deal of conversation at the Legislative Breakfast at the Bridport Grange Hall on Monday centered on a proposed Shoreland Protection Bill and the health of Vermont’s lakes (see story), some participants at the breakfast said Lake Champlain’s health is not only being affected by shorelands development.

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Opinion: Science should guide energy future

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By Paul Stone



It’s time to step back and take an honest look at ourselves and the energy we use. We all, including me, use energy. In fact we use lots of energy daily, hourly, every minute of our lives. Energy for food, clothes, the air we breathe indoors, our medicines, our transportation, even bicycles, for it takes energy to build and sell and repair them, skiing, paper, and all our electronic gadgets, and everything we do.

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