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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Gaz Update or how the Gubmint trampled the Nature Park

Gaz Update

Why would you ever donate land to a town for a nature park and expect the government won't allow #fracking pipelines under the park...out if sight, never you mind...

Thanks to Rachel for this update

MEDIA RELEASE: Protect Geprags Park

Contact: Rachel Smolker: 802.482.2848 landline, or 802.735-7794 mobile. Email:

Sept 22, 2017

The Vermont Supreme Court today ruled that Vermont Gas could construct their gas pipeline through a public park in Hinesburg. The case, an appeal of the PUC earlier decision to allow the pipeline through Geprags Park, was brought by citizens of Hinesburg, represented by Woolmington/Dumont, who argued that the Public Service Board did not have authority to grant Vermont Gas the right to an easement.

Rachel Smolker, an intervenor in the case stated: “ Of course we are dissappointed that the SC did not rule in our favor.  Geprags Park was bequeathed to Hinesburg by the Geprags family, specifically for recreational or educational purposes or a school  It seems to set a very dangerous precedent to allow land that has been donated by the grace of good will, with specific restrictions, to be sold off to a utility for their own profitmaking.  Who can feel confident to donate land if their wishes for its’ protection in the future are not respected?”

Theora Ward, a resident of Hinesburg stated: “ Geprags Park is a much beloved little park. While the court did not rule as we had hoped, our opposition did result in a much stronger agreement for the town of Hinesburg, including the requirement that they use horizontal directional drilling, rather than trenching to install the pipeline, and a more reasonable financial settlement. After all, Hinesburg is now hosting a major piece of fossil fuel infrastructure, which not only introduces a multitude of risks, it also imposes limitations on future development possibilities for the town.”

Lawrence Shelton, also an intervenor in the appeal, stated: “ The court argued that they have confidence in and defer to the DPS an PSB oversight and judgement. Yet it was specifically the lack of oversight that spurred a coalition of 7 Vermont organizations to submit a letter of concerns and request for intervention from the federal pipeline administration in 2016. Those communications detailed a series of concerns about construction problems and permit violations.  The fact is that citizens are having to do the job that DPS/PSB is supposed to do. We just hope the PSB (now called Public Utility Commission), under new leadership, will step up to bat and take meaningful action. 

Smolker concluded: “The court’s ruling will not stop us from fighting this pipeline. We have learned too much about how this pipeline was slapped into the ground in haste and without oversight, such that it now poses a serious safety risk to Vermonters. That is in addition to the well known climate impacts of methane gas leaks, and the damages that result from fracking.  This pipeline has a 40-50 year lifespan and has only just barely started to carry gas. We won’t stop fighting this any time soon.”  

Saturday, September 23, 2017



Peering over Dean's Mountain,
Lately called Raven Ridge,
The Sun ☀️ gives us 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Night Musik

For Friends and Family 

Around the Globe,
A Musical Delight,

Ms. Bonnie Raitt 

Pulled from the wellspring 
That is YouTube 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Rerun: Travelogue for the Universe: Geneology Links

Travelogue for the Universe: Geneology Links: Links to history I have been doing some research on our family roots and really it boils down to Swedish, Bohemian and Prussian, well ...