Letters to the Editor: Locals ignored in move to Vermont Gas

As I watch Vermont Gas entering the Marbleworks with its machines, flaggers, and general disruption, I recall the many years that the gas needs of this complex have quietly been served by Fyles Brothers of Orwell, a local provider of LP gas. Fyles Brothers has provided the complex with remarkable service for many years. Its employees are dedicated, professional, and local. It is a successful local business that serves with unparalleled integrity. Those words, sadly, are not evidenced in the behavior of Vermont Gas.
There is a valid reason to question the future cost of “natural” gas. As well, there has been much reasoned discussion about the wisdom of deepening our reliance on fossil fuels. But those very important issues are not the focus of this letter. The issue is that we are rightfully encouraged to “buy local”. And yet many of those who encourage us to buy locally are actively encouraging the arrival of an international company promising a cheaper product at the expense of a local business. There is some very uncomfortable inconsistency afoot.
I will miss the professionalism of Tad Fyles and his men. They have long served those of us with a connection to the Marbleworks complex. And I regret that those in positions of power overlook the fact that buying into Vermont Gas is failing to support the very localism they so often espouse.
John Beattie
Marbleworks responds to John Beattie’s letter, click here.

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