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Monday, October 5, 2015

Overdue #fracking #Gaz updates


my mailbox full again...
sharing the highlights to date. notes are from friends, fellow fracking fighters. meg

If it's not good for them; it's certainly no good for Vermont!

The Globe and Mail
The Energy East Pipeline is a proposal by TransCanada to convert an existing natural gas pipeline and build a new pipeline, both of which would ...

International Paper bailed out of that deal because Vermont Gas Systems cost estimates continually escalated until they reached the point where the ...

Crews from Vermont Gas were nearby and were on scene within minutes to shut off the leaking gas. But firefighters ordered evacuations as a ...

"another good corporate citizen" from the digger

Women seem to be able to connect the dots...
Excellent commentary from Rebecca:
This story from VPR says that 60 ppl showed up to a hearing last week, most of whom were opposed to this solar project and so Green Mountain Power has put the project on hold. Wait! How about us? Over the last three years hundreds opposed at public hearings; thousands of complaints to the PSB and DPS; countless news articles; your letters to the editor; and now your comments at the end of this story!

Remember: Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems are both owned by Gaz Metro. Why the double standard? Oh, right, must be because fracked gas and the increased use of fossil fuels is such an enormous benefit to our society that the voice of the people must be overruled — we don’t know what’s good for us.


a call to action from Alex:

Hey there! Short updates on the gas pipeline:

The Public Service Board decision did not happen today, and consequently, the mass action will not be happening early next week. So, back to the original plan: great big public direct action in the Burlington area the Monday after the PSB's decision. This means the action could be Monday September 14th, or perhaps the 21st, etc. Stay tuned next week and keep spreading the word--send your friends to, and feel free to get in touch with any and all questions.

The non-violent direct action training/mass action prep session is still happening this Sunday, 2:30-6:30pm at 255 South Champlain St in Burlington. (Note: There will also be an identical training next Sunday, the 13th, but due to the large amount of interest we've gotten, we want to encourage whomever is available for this Sunday's training to do so, in order to have an even spread.) Please get in touch directly or be sure to sign up by filling out the form if you want to come to the NVDA training and get plugged into this pivotal moment!


From our neighbor...(once again the pipeline proponents rely on meeting fatigue to win their arguments)

Thought some of you might want to see how our own ANR is protecting our waters from runoff...or how they are NOT protecting our waters. I have personally seen these "mitigation" measures that VGS uses and they fail. A lot. Anyway...comment period ends October 16.

Subject: 6949-INDC.A - Phase I Addison Natural Gas Project Amendment PUBLIC NOTICE
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:43:41 +0000

Dear Interested Parties,
Attached is a copy of the public notice & fact sheet for the comment period for Individual Stormwater Construction Permit amendment #6949-INDC.A, proposed for issuance to Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. for the Phase I Addison Natural Gas Project. The permit is being amended due to alignment shifts along the proposed route of the pipeline.
A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Champlain Valley Union High School, Room 160, located at 369 CVU Road in Hinesburg. The public meeting is an opportunity for the public to provide comments in person on the draft permit. Written comments will still be accepted through the close of the comment period at 4:30 p.m. on Friday October 16th.
If you require any additional information, please contact me at or via phone at (802) 490-6166.
Jenna Calvi
Stormwater District Manager - Northern Chittenden County
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

More from our group:

Hey friends! Its been a very exciting morning! Read more in the press release below.

Molly Stuart locked down to an excavator this morning halting construction of the fracked gas pipeline all morning. Check out the photos and share the posts on the Rising Tide Vermont facebook page! We need everyone's support to do bold actions like this so please donate to our legal fund here:

Interested in participating in direct action to fight for a livable planet? Take the pledge of action at



ESSEX, Vermont – September 17th, 2015 – Opponents of the Fracked Gas Pipeline have disrupted construction alongside Route 289 in Essex, with one person locking herself to equipment used by the new pipeline contractor Michel’s.

Vermont Gas has continued construction of the pipeline following a new contract with Michel’s, the highly controversial builder of the Keystone XL, despite regulatory uncertainty as the Public Service Board deliberates whether it will reopen and possibly revoke permits for the pipeline. The public Service Board is expected to make a decision as soon as this week.
“With drought and wild fires raging close to my family’s home in California, as well as flooding, hurricanes, and even threats to maple syrup production in my current home of Vermont, it is clear we need to be fighting the causes of climate disruption now” says Molly Stuart of Burlington, who locked herself to an excavator. “We can’t afford to be locked into any new fossil fuel infrastructure.”

The new contract with Michel’s follows a suit against Vermont Gas from their former contractor, Over & Under Piping, based in central New York State. The company, which terminated its contract with Vermont Gas earlier this year after completing only 5.6 miles of the 42-mile long project, is suing for $11.2 million related to costs associated with a five-month delay in the start of construction. [1]

“As a ratepayer to Vermont Gas, I cannot afford the price hikes that will likely offset the company’s $67 million cost over-run, let alone the environmental costs brought by the biggest expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the state,” added Stuart.

With a banner reading, “This Pipeline Ends with US,” protestors are taking things into their own hands because the regulatory board is dragging its feet and does not represent the people. [2]

“We’ve seen the Board repeatedly ignore concerns of landowners, ratepayers, and the public, and have little faith that they’ll do anything less than protect Vermont Gas’ ability to make profit at the expense of the climate,” says Jane Palmer of Monkton, whose land lies on the proposed route of the pipeline. Palmer added that several groups opposing the pipeline are mobilizing hundreds of community members to take action this fall, should the Board allow Vermont Gas to continue with the project as planned.

“If the Board is unwilling to shut down this dangerous, expensive, and undemocratic project, there are hundreds of Vermonters – working amilies paying gas bils, farmers fighting to protect their land – who are ready to do so,” said Jane Palmer.

Rising Tide Vermont
Rising Tide Vermont organizes and takes direct action to confront the root causes of climate change and to facilitate a just transition to resilient and equitable land-based communities.

comments from friend, mary :-)
hmmm..... I wonder if CLF will follow their lead here in VT

The Boston Globe
The Conservation Law Foundation has sued the state after it approved contracts for a controversial natural gas pipeline planned for Western ...

from the digger:

from wptz:

more about the corporate superpowers, the pipeline proponents...
The study will focus on whether more natural gas capacity is needed to ... Healey said her office is urging FERC to "move cautiously" on the pipeline ...

The Keene Sentinel
VERNON, Vt. — In a town hit hard by the shutdown of Vermont Yankee, officials say a natural-gas plant — with development costs estimated at $750 ...

Methane leaks emit a potent greenhouse gas, are harmful to the health of both humans and trees, and have been linked to major explosions.

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Me: So concludes the latest stream.
There are a few more left out such as the delayed revised budget by gaz people,
I speed read that delaying tactic,
not worth copying here.
for the record,
I still oppose the pipeline through our pristine beautiful town.

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