Opinion: Palmers to fight against gas pipeline at PSB hearings

Nate and Jane Palmer are not the only people fighting Vermont Gas pipeline expansion but they are the faces of the fight. Once again they will be before the Vermont Public Service Board on June 22-23 to present our case.
A grassroots group of Vermonters, Just Power, have come together to stop this fossil fuel pipeline. We helped push back part of the plan (Phase II) and now we are ready to end the entire project.
We have successfully completed our Go Fund Me campaign. With the generous support of people from all over the state, we have raised over $15,000 in 29 days.
Because of this outpouring, we will have legal representation during the hearing. One lawyer against Vermont Gas legal team; a team of attorneys made up from two prominent law firms.
A message from Nate and Jane: “Thank you to all who contributed to the fight against this pipeline. When we first heard about this project, we were only surmising that most folks would not think it was a good idea. But now we know. And now, not only do we have the funds to hire an attorney, we can also feel the support of everyone who donated. It feels like we have gathered strength and energy from all of you and it couldn’t have come at a better time!
“At the technical hearings on June 22 and 23, because of your generosity, we will not have to feel totally out of place in a situation we could not possibly prevail in. The system is not set up for people like us to have a fair share of input … but now we have another shot at getting our voices heard. The Public Service Board needs to re-examine the costs and benefits of the Addison ‘Natural’ Gas Project and we are confident that if they do, they will find it is seriously lacking and not in the best interest of Vermont and Vermonters.”
Thank you for being good neighbors and helping us stop this pipeline. By preventing the creation of new markets here for fracked gas we are also helping our other, long-distance neighbors in Canada where the gas is fracked. It all adds up to help make the world a better place. Thanks again.
Please join us in Montpelier on June 22-23 for the hearing.
Mary Martin
Just Power

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