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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gaz Recap #fracking Monkton,Vermont Pipeline fight

For the first Day of Summer,

Some recent articles from our friendly Addison, County, Vermont anti pipeline group.

Newest news first...

BREAKING NEWS: Yesterday, Rising Tide Vermont member Johanna Anderson locked herself to a section of the fracked gas pipeline, currently under construction in Essex, Vt.

After halting construction for over four hours, Johanna was arrested, held in jail for several hours, and eventually charged with one count of unlawful trespass.
Despite reports in the media, Johanna was not charged with a felony.

Johanna was released late yesterday afternoon, and her spirits are high. She is looking forward to seeing all of you this Monday at 4 pm in Montpelier for the Rise Up, Speak Out! Truth-In and Vigil. 

From the local and national press:
Vermont Gas pipeline demonstrator arrested in Essex
Vermont Gas pipeline demonstrator arrested in Essex ... whether to renew Vermont Gas' certificate of public good for the 41-mile natural gas pipeline ...
1 arrested at Vermont Gas pipeline protest
ESSEX, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont woman has been arrested after chaining herself to a Vermont Gas Systems pipe site in Essex in protest of phase one of ...
from the Burlington Free Press

Vermont Gas protester surrenders to police
One protester from Rising Tide Vermont is chained to a Vermont Gas pipe site in Essex this morning. A group of protesters arrived at about 6:30 a.m. at ...

Press release from 6/18/2015
Local Activist Halts Pipeline Construction on Eve of Permit Hearings

June 18, 2015
Contact: Ryan Gillard, Rising Tide Vermont, 802-359-3520,

Essex, VT - Early Thursday morning Johanna Anderson, a Plainfield resident, outdoor educator and member of Rising Tide VT locked her body to machinery and stopped work at a Vermont Gas Systems pipeline construction site in Essex. After halting construction for over four hours, she was arrested and escorted off site.

"I’m laying my body on the line to prevent Vermont Gas from wrecking the climate on the backs of ratepayers and putting communities from Alberta to Middlebury at risk,” said Anderson. “VGS is playing an irresponsible game as they continue to build this pipeline despite the possibility of losing their permits; we're here to show them they are wrong.”

The action comes less than a week before the Public Service Board holds technical hearings on whether to revoke the Phase 1 permits due to significant cost increases and opposition.

Anderson said, “For almost three years, we've seen state agencies and Vermont Gas ignore the concerns of landowners, ratepayers and the public. We're here today to stop construction of a pipeline that has little public support and extreme regulatory uncertainty. We’re calling on the Public Service Board to do the same after next week's technical hearings."

Public outcry and rising costs forced Vermont Gas to withdraw permits for Phase 2 of the pipeline in early 2015, protecting Lake Champlain and shoreline communities from the dangers of an explosive pipeline. Opponents maintain that Phase 1 is just as irresponsible a project as Phase 2.

Rising Tide’s action on Thursday illustrates heightened opposition to the project and foreshadows plans for actions in response to the technical hearings next week.

Pipeline opponents will gather for a massive rally and all-night vigil in Montpelier this coming Monday, at 4PM outside the Public Service Board hearings. Participants are calling on the Shumlin administration, PSB, and Vermont Gas to respect the rights of communities from Alberta to Monkton to a livable planet and scrap the pipeline.

from the Addison Independent...

Regulator to host technical hearing on gas pipeline plan

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Addison Independent

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday, June 22, will begin the first of an anticipated two days of technical hearings en route to deciding whether to reopen the permitting process for Phase I of proposed Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, which calls for a 43-mile natural gas pipeline extension from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
The Public Service Board in December 2013 approved the proposed pipeline, in spite of widespread opposition voiced at a series of public hearings. But the board is now determining whether to reopen its review of the plan in light of major cost overruns associated with the project. In July of 2014, Vermont Gas announced cost estimates had ballooned from $87 million to $122 million.
The June 22 meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Public Service Board hearing room on the third floor of the People’s United Bank Building at 112 State St., Montpelier.

Addison County Independent
Regional planning commission re-evaluating stance on pipeline
Regional planning commission re-evaluating stance on pipeline .... Phase II of the project, which would have carried the natural gas pipeline to an ...

Opinion: Palmers to fight against gas pipeline at PSB hearings

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Mary Martin

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.
From the Burlington Free Press

Opinion: Turn out for Vermont Gas hearing
Turn out for Vermont Gas hearing. On June 22 and 23, David is going to face off against Goliath in tense competition refereed by the Vermont Public ...


Update...from the digger...
they met their modest goal and still they can use all the help they can get...

Fundraising success for opponents of the fracked gas pipeline
Addison and Chittenden Counties, Vt – A grassroots group opposing the fracked gas pipeline has met its goal to establish a legal fund and hire a ...

Report from Texas:

Media Release: June 16, 2015

Contact - Elida Tamez: 940-367-215,

92 Year Old Great Grandmother And Son Block Denton Fracking Operation

In Acts of Civil Disobedience, Elder Mother and Son Stage Sit-In for Local
Control to Stop First Post-HB40 Fracking in Denton

DENTON, TX--TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015-- Two Denton residents have blocked the
entrance to the city’s first active fracking operation since the passage
of HB40, a state bill which strips local

control of fracking from all cities across Texas. Violet Palmer, a 92 year
old great grandmother, and her son Theron Palmer, seated themselves in
front of fracking trucks attempting to enter Vantage Energy’s urban
fracking site. Theron has locked himself to the gates of the site and both
are refusing to leave.

“I am standing up today because never in my lifetime has there been such an
egregious disregard for the democratic process in Texas,” said Violet. “We,
the citizens of Denton clearly indicated our frustrations with regulating
fracking when we voted for the fracking ban last November. The Texas
legislature ignored our vote and our community standards.”

Denton’s prohibition on hydraulic fracturing was supported by nearly 60
percent of voters last November; however, industry-sponsored state
lawmakers responded with the passage of HB40, a law that effectively
preempts all local control of oil and gas regulations statewide. Less than
48 hours after HB40 was signed into law, Colorado based Vantage Energy
announced that it would bring fracking back to Denton at a site located
directly across the street from a neighborhood and several businesses.

“To imply that the expertise to regulate oil and gas resides only within
the confines of Austin, is a condescending slap at the intelligence and due
diligence of our local citizenry,” stated Theron Palmer. “We clearly
expressed our community standards, now nullified and replaced by the very
narrow interests of those economic elites who dominate oil and gas
development and hence the Texas legislature.”

Over the course of the last two weeks Denton residents have been taking
direct action to enforce the city’s fracking ban. In the first week since
fracking operations returned to Denton, dozens of residents blocked the
gates, resulting in seven arrests. Residents have also organized weekly
events dubbed “Frack Free Fridays,” promising to maintain a large presence
at Vantage Energy’s site until the operator respects Denton’s vote and
permanently ends all fracking within city limits.

“To paraphrase Edmund Burke, the only thing necessary for the triumph of
evil is for good women to do nothing. So I am doing something,” said Violet Palmer.

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Below is a representation of the type of lands the Canadian Corporation 
wants for transmission fields.

Monkton and Hinesburg, Vermont

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