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Opinion: Let's use our common sense and oppose the pipeline

Posted on June 25, 2014 |
By John Madden



Concerning the Canadian Gaz Métro (VGS) proposed 12-inch, high-pressure (600 psi) gas transmission pipeline through Addison County:

Vermont law (30 V.S.A., Section 248(b)(5)) and common sense say that proposals that would be a threat to public health and safety are not in the public good.

Google “explosions of natural gas transmission pipelines” for pictures and record of that potential harm to Vermont and Vermonters.

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Monkton landowners: no improvements in Vt. Gas negotiations

Posted on June 23, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — In a June 19 meeting with legislators and the head of the Department of Public Service, dozens of Monkton residents said they’re still nowhere close to signing easements with Vermont Gas Systems that will allow the company to lay a new pipeline across the town.

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Opinion: A haiku for the Public Service Board

Posted on June 23, 2014 |
By Elizabeth Frank



PSB Poem

Governors come and onto “DC” they may go

Influenced by money from those who help them “grow.”

But like invasive species, the seeds they can sow —

May alter landscapes in ways we don’t want to know!

Contamination of water, land, communities,

are often part and parcel when power is seized.

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Vermont Gas, Shoreham board reach an understanding on pipeline

Posted on June 19, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



SHOREHAM — Vermont Gas Systems and the Shoreham selectboard announced on Thursday that they had agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding related to the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, a natural gas pipeline that would run through the town.

The agreement sets conditions about how and where the natural gas transmission line can be built and mandates emergency training and safety measures.

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Monkton to host second pipeline meeting

Posted on June 19, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — They say the sequel is never as good as the original, but that’s for Monkton residents affected by the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project to decide after they meet with representatives from the Department of Public Service Thursday evening.

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Opinion: Gas pipeline project review definted as 'capitOlism"

Posted on June 18, 2014 |
By Rustan Swenson



Regarding the Public Service Board meeting in Middlebury on June 12:

I am today introducing a new word to the vocabulary of this dialogue: “capitOlism.”

Capitolism is the process and condition whereby agencies of government, whether representing the national Capitol and government or state Capitol and government are united as one with the agents of capital and commerce.

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Pipeline hearing set for June 12 at MUHS

Posted on June 9, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board will hold its second and final hearing on the proposed Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project on Thursday, June 12, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium.

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Opinion: Editorial stance on pipeline protest wrong

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



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Opinion: Monkton official resigns in wake of gas pipeline events

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Sam Burr



I have decided to resign from my position on the Monkton Planning Commission.

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Opinion: Vermont Gas a fan of secrecy

Posted on June 4, 2014 |
By Jim Vyhnak



In North Carolina, the fracked gas industry is working very hard to enact a law making it a felony for anyone to reveal what chemicals are being pumped underground in a fracked well. Here in Vermont, our local gas company has successfully put forward rules where they can decide what information they share and what gets sealed away in our supposedly open and inviting Public Service Board meetings.

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