Opinion: Pipeline deserves vote of support

I encourage the folks in Vergennes to vote in favor of the proposed natural gas pipeline on Dec. 10. This pipeline will present an opportunity for the residents of the city to get clean, reliable, safe and inexpensive fuel to heat their homes and businesses. Any opportunity to reduce the cost of living in this area is desirable for any and all who live here.
The argument against natural gas because of fracking is really not practical. Chittenden County and St. Albans already enjoy the benefits of this inexpensive fuel, and that will not change because of the argument against fracking. The fracking is being done in Canada where the source of the fuel is located, and I can assure you that fracking will continue to happen regardless of how the people of this area feel about it. If we choose not to take advantage of this natural fuel, someone else will enjoy the savings on our behalf. We cannot stop fracking from happening in another country or even another state.
Vermonters who try to show that we are morally superior because we reject things that have consequences are being unrealistic in this case. All fossil fuels have consequences. Oil is not as environmentally clean to produce nor to burn, and yet we cannot simply stop its use. Vermonters also reject windmills, but for the wrong reasons: The views are compromised, the noise and the fact that they may kill birds. Actually, the very worst thing about windmills and all renewable energies is that they produce extremely expensive electricity. And besides, nobody wants them in their own back yard.
Natural gas pipelines are safe. People whose properties the pipeline will run through will be compensated for the right of way on their land. Once the work is done, there will be very little, if any, indications that the land has been disturbed. There are those who say that the cost of natural gas will go up once the lines are laid. The costs of very few things in this country remain fixed. The costs of gasoline and home heating oil have risen dramatically in the past few years. Keeping things in perspective, natural gas will remain a much less expensive fuel in comparison.
Let’s do the sensible thing and vote to bring a safe, reliable, clean and inexpensive way to heat our homes and businesses into Vergennes. Vote in favor of the natural gas pipeline.
Tom Heeter

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