Why was there even a process?
When the process ignores the Truth-Rights-Sensibility?
and Now the Rubber Stamp, Please...
4) TDI gets PSB approval for $1.2 billion Quebec-Vermont power line
Construction of a power line running for nearly 100 miles under Lake Champlain could begin this year. TDI New England announced today that the New England Clean Power Link has received a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board. Vermont’s Certificate of Public Good is the comprehensive state siting and environmental regulatory approval that is needed to construct and to operate the project in the state, and details the conditions under which the project can be built and operated.
3) Vermont Gas gets OK again from PSB for Addison County pipeline
The Vermont Public Service Board gave a significant victory today to Vermont Gas Systems in its effort to build a pipeline to Middlebury, and in turn issued a significant blow to the many individuals and organizations seeking to stop it. The PSB, in a decision dated January 8, decided not to revisit its original approval of the project. The PSB had considered reopening the case after construction costs increased twice in 2014.
This one is titled like an NFL Football game....Score!!
This part I am copying and pasting from our group.
You know, a boycott is just what I want!
I don't want your Damn Gaz....even though I am not offered a hookup I never want it!
I felt like if I read this in all the outlets I could accept it.
I cannot accept this.
I am not heard.
State declines to reconsider VT gas pipelineThe Public Service Board issued an order Friday saying it has declined to reconsider the certificate of public good for the Addison County Natural Gas ...
WPTZ The Champlain Valley
Last but not least:
See what petitions can do? or Not?
1,400+ CALL TO END VERMONT GAS PIPELINE PROJECT For Immediate Release: January 6, 2016 Contacts:Rebecca Foster, Just Power, 646-468-3511 Paul Burns, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, 802-793-1985 Beth Thompson, Rutland Area Climate Coalition, 802-293-2695 Shaina Kasper, Toxics Action Center, 802-922-4780 Middlebury, Vermont — Just days before the Public Service Board is expected to make a major ruling on the Addison Natural Gas Project, more than 1,200 people added their names to a letter originally signed last month by business owners, nonprofit organizations, faith leaders, farmers, academics, and community representatives across Vermont asking Governor Peter Shumlin to pull his support for additional construction of the pipeline and stop at the 11-mile mark. “For the health and economy of our state we wish to say, ‘Enough’,” reads the letter. Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, added, “The gas pipeline was planned in a different age, before we knew as much as we do now about the effects of fracking and methane on the atmosphere. It’s important to re-evaluate this project based on updated facts.” More than 200 of the 1,400 signers are Vermont businesses, organizations, and community leaders wanting to “close this painful chapter in our state’s history and turn our positive energies toward a prosperous and sustainable future.” The signers include household names such as Ben & Jerry’s, American Flatbread, High Mowing Organic Seeds, AllEarth Renewables, Aqua Vitea, and Maple Wind Farm, as well as beloved local establishments such as Vermont Cookie Love, Northshire Bookstore, and Magnolia Bistro in Burlington. Bill McKibben as well as several Vermont politicians signed, including candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman. Vermont Interfaith Power and Light, town energy committees, and dozens of Vermont farms joined the call to stop construction. “Please add my voice to those being raised in opposition to the gas pipeline,” commented David Rosen of Adirondack Guideboat in North Ferrisburg. “My company designs, builds and sells high-end rowing boats and we exhibit and sell them at shows all across the country. As a representative of the State of Vermont I often receive the admiration of others for our advanced environmental policies and values. I don’t find the Addison Natural Gas Project to be representative of those values or smart environmental policies.” “Pipeline construction is at a common sense stopping point,” said Bobbie Carnwath, a member of the Cornwall Planning Commission. The portion of the project that has already been constructed will be used for “looping” for existing customers, “but any added pipeline beyond that point would just drive up costs for current customers to bring in more fracked gas, when better alternatives are available today.” The project cost has increased to $154M since initial projections in 2011 of $60-$70M. International Paper pulled its support for Phase II of the pipeline early in 2015 following a less substantial cost increase. As a result, Vermont Gas already cancelled that leg of the project. “Moving away from dirty fossil fuels and investing in local clean power is good for the economy, good for our earth, and good for Vermonters,” said Jon Erickson, Professor at UVM and Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Investing in fossil fuel infrastructure prevents investments in green technologies, Dr. Erickson continued. “Energy from wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal systems promote in-state jobs and energy independence. They just make sense.” New technologies like cold climate heat pumps, which have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gas, have become readily available and more cost effective in the four years since Phase I of the pipeline was conceived. “The fracked gas pipeline proposal is outdated and out-of-touch with current economic and environmental realities,” said Ben Walsh of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). “Spending tens of millions of dollars of ratepayers’ money to import fracked gas didn’t make sense when this pipeline was proposed, and it makes even less sense today.” “Ultimately this is an issue of justice,” said Rev. Daniel Cooperrider, pastor of the Weybridge Congregational Church. “We have a shared moral responsibility to be vigilant in our stewardship of the earth. The call of our times now is to respond to the threat of climate change in a way that shows compassion for all life, now and for generations yet to come.” Regardless of their political, religious, or other views, the signatories spoke in one voice calling on the Governor to adjust his energy policy so that it complies with the most up-to-date economic and scientific research and stops the pipeline at 11 miles. ### Below follows today's cover letter to the Public Service Board, full text of the letter to the Governor, and a link to the full list of the signers. LETTER TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD REQUESTING THE LETTER AND SIGNATORIES BE ENTERED AS OFFICIAL PUBLIC COMMENT: January 6, 2016 Judith C. Whitney Acting Clerk of the Board Vermont Public Service Board 112 State Street Montpelier, VT 05620 Dear Ms. Whitney, Attached please find a copy of a letter to Governor Shumlin regarding the ongoing proceedings related to Docket 7970. Please note that there is a small change in wording from the December 17, 2015 letter, and therefore this version should supersede the original. On behalf of the more than 1,400 signatories I request that this cover letter, the updated letter to the Governor, and the full list of signatories be added to the official record as public comment in the Board’s deliberations regarding the pending 60(b) motions of the 2nd Remand. For the Board’s reference, I would like to note that the original intent was to submit one version of the letter with a complete list of signatories; however, as soon as news began circulating that the letter was submitted to the Board, businesses and individuals began asking whether it was too late to join the letter. As a result, for a short time we opened up the letter to additional business and individual signers, and the letter took on its own life via word of mouth. We have an additional roughly 100 businesses and community leaders, including Ben & Jerry’s and dozens of businesses in proposed Addison County expansion communities, and over 1,200 individuals joining the letter. The urgency with which businesses, farmers, faith leaders, and families are expressing in one voice their concern that the pipeline is no longer a realistic or beneficial option for Vermont seems to confirm what opposing parties have been saying all along: The new evidence presented by opposing parties demonstrates that any net benefits are illusive. Without a meaningful price differential, commercial demand for piped gas has fallen away to such an extent that businesses in Middlebury and elsewhere in Addison County are even speaking up to say not to bother with the pipeline anymore. And both current and potential residential ratepayers, who have learned of the opportunity to comment to the Board at this stage, are saying clearly that it would be unjust and unreasonable to ask them to absorb the costs of the project. Even if the MOU between the Department of Public Service and Vermont Gas Systems were enforceable by anyone besides the parties, it is ludicrous to ask captive residential and business customers to carry 31 years of costs when climate imperatives and markets are telling us that the pipeline’s useful life could be only 35 years. When the “useful” portion of the pipeline for current customers is confined to the 11 miles of facilities already built, the only logical and just option is to amend the project and halt construction now, or subject the project to a new review that takes into account current circumstances. DPS claims that it would be “unfair” to VGS to update analysis of the project to take into account the emergence of CNG islands in Middlebury and Vergennes. It would be not only unfair but also unjust to hold ratepayers responsible for a change in circumstances that could have been avoided by VGS building the project on-time and on-budget. I would be grateful to receive, on all of the signatories’ behalf, acknowledgement of your receipt of this letter as well as confirmation that it will be entered into the official record. Many thanks and warm wishes for the New Year. Sincerely, Rebecca FosterORIGINAL LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR:December 17, 2015 Dear Governor Shumlin, We are leaders in Vermont—business owners, nonprofit executives, faith leaders, agriculture stewards, academics, and community representatives—who have followed the saga of the Addison Natural Gas Project (ANGP) over the last few years. For the health and economy of our state we wish to say, Enough. We need to close this painful chapter in our state’s history and turn our positive energies toward a prosperous and sustainable future. Pipeline construction is at a logical stopping point. The “looping” portion of the project, the first 11 miles that was intended to bring reliability to gas customers north of Williston, is completed. Any additional pipeline would become a transmission line, rushing more fossil fuels through Vermont. The world is different than it was four years ago when the Department of Public Service and Vermont Gas were planning this project, and we are in the fortunate position of having more information. What may have looked sensible then, or even in 2013, does not now. Here is a partial list of new information since the project’s conception: · We have learned that for the planet to maintain a living habitat, 80% of the known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground;[i] new pipeline increases fossil fuel extraction. · We now know that the global warming potential of methane (natural gas) is more than 86 times greater than CO2 over a 20-year period.[ii] · Investing in fossil fuel infrastructure prevents investment in green technologies.[iii] · The project now costs 220-256% of the original 2011 estimate,[iv] the burden of which would be borne by gas customers for decades. · The higher price tag has pushed out the return on investment to over 34 years; and current customers can’t be expected to carry this burden without tangible benefit. · There is no proven correlation between pipelines and economic growth; Addison County already exceeds Franklin County in economic metrics.[v] · New technologies, such as heat pumps, combined with an investment in good old fashioned buttoning up, would cost households less and be a more enduring solution in our climate-conscious era. · Fuel oil prices are predicted to continue to decline into 2016, [vi] so even a minimal rate increase of 6% for gas customers would surpass the price of fuel oil. Further, it would take these consumers more than 25 years to recover conversion costs, which could tally over $9000. We trust that you will read these updated facts earnestly because you demand excellence and consistency from your climate change policies. We hope that you agree with us that the ANGP’s carbon footprint must stop where it is, at 11 miles—a painless juncture at which to adjust policy. A signal of your agreement would have global implications by adding to the gains made at the Paris Climate Talks, by acknowledging the understanding that to survive we must update our technologies and habits, and by putting Vermont in an enviable leadership position on climate. Sincerely, LINK TO THE MORE THAN 1,400 SIGNATORIES: http://www.toxicsaction.org/news/tac/1400-sign-letter-end-gas-pipeline-project CC: Chris Recchia, Commissioner, Department of Public Service [i] Bill McKibben, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math,” Rolling Stone, July 19, 2012. [ii] Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group 1, Assessment Report 5, “Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing,” in Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, page 714, section 126.96.36.199, Table 8.7, CH4 GWP with climate-carbon feedbacks. http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg1/WG1AR5_Chapter08_FINAL.pdf. [iii] Kevin Bullis, “Natural Gas Could ‘Muscle Out’ Renewables,” MIT Technology Review, June 7, 2011. [iv] “VGS estimates that the cost of expanding to Vergennes and Middlebury would be between $60 and $70 million.” Public Service Board, “Order Amending Alternative Regulation Plan,” Docket No. 7712, September 28, 2011. [v] Median home value in Addison County is $234,500 or 14.7% more than Franklin County’s $204,400; Addison County retail sales per capita is $12,657 or 10% more than Franklin County’s $11,383; with a population of 37,009 and 5,217 firms registered to do business, Addison County has 44% more firms per capita than Franklin County’s 4,754 firms with a population of 48,642. United States Census Bureau, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/. [vi] Energy Information Agency, http://www.eia.gov.