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Opinion: Spirit in Nature group opposed pipeline

I would like to share with you and your readers a resolution that was approved by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of Spirit in Nature on Jan. 8, expressing opposition to the proposed fracked gas pipeline:
While Spirit in Nature (SPiN) was originally founded for the purpose of developing, managing, and protecting a network of Paths in the Ripton woods, to demonstrate profound relationships among the religions of the world with respect to the natural environment, over the years SPiN has expressed a broader mission. Through its annual Eco-Spirit Award, SPiN recognizes role models in our community who “urge us to explore the implications of our behavior during our present global environmental crisis.”
In keeping with our understanding that protecting our small sanctuary in the Green Mountains is meaningless, and in fact futile, if we are not concerned about stewardship of the entire planet, the Board of Directors of Spirit in Nature is expressing its firm opposition to the proposed Gaz Métro pipeline that would expand the market for natural gas that is extracted through “fracking.”
SPiN is opposed to fracked gas for all the reasons that moved the Vermont Legislature to ban fracking in Vermont. Since religion is at the heart of our mission, and because so many religions revere the ethic of treating one’s neighbor with compassion and respect, we cannot support a policy of inflicting damage to the health and the environment of our neighbors for our own cheap gains. Moreover, the process of fracking releases methane, a greenhouse gas which is a major contributor to global warming, so we stand with our Native American friends who designed the newest Path at the SPiN Sanctuary, in stressing our concern for the next seven generations.
Bobbie Carnwath
Secretary
Board of Trustees
Spirit in Nature Cornwall

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