A rambling train of thoughts about the universe and our micro solar system consisting of our dear Sun and other planets in a magnetic dance while we hurtle through space on the face of a rock and stare at flat screens where we attempt to connect while we detach.
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.”
I wondered about that song,
That dreamy song,
From late night radio 📻
Art Bell played.
Fred remembered too,
Only we hadn't thought about it for years.
Then I hear reruns of Art Bell shows,
On the radio,
"Somewhere in time ". That song again... Finally found a link to post... Enjoy the music links this week... Watching the leaves turn.
Those who choose to keep Cannabis as an Illegal Substance, obviously do not know the Extraordinarily Distressed Suffering of The Pain of Multiple Sclerosis-Millions of Nerves, stripped of protective myelin. They don’t know what it’s like to sit on the neurologist’s table when your Doctor says, your Pain is part of Multiple Sclerosis. I could prescribe Opioids or write for Cannabis. Opioids are fraught with complications. What she didn’t know was what a hassle the state made for access. Rules, restrictions. Dispensary with limited supply, mysteriously dispensed, for absurdly high costs. Blue Cross? No, they would cover Opioids but not Cannabis. Medicare? Same Diff. Where’s my denial with appeal letter? When my money goes dry, I’ll fade away on Opioids, covered since I’m past the donut hole.
Is there a Better Way?
What would my Grandparents change if they could have made my life better?
My Parents? Me?
I'm home 🏡 grounded by MS.
I'm Traveling everywhere, around the world 🌎 and beyond.
The wireless network of like minded and unlike minded, alike.
Later will meet up with friends on Church St. In Burlington Vermont.
Then home for dinner news.
All whilst sitting here, in my virtual space,Traveling Virtually, like I told you before, Virtual Adult Day Care via Social Media.
Today's tedious tasks? Order meds, charged way too much, in the donut hole of Medicare, Straighten out tax snafus I cannot understand and wonder who made all the tax laws that suck.
No, back to my Virtual Neighborhood, like my old Neighborhood, a familiar daily cruise through the streets of my youth.
The Sun came up yesterday,
Perhaps unaware humans on Earth 🌏
Were gathering to observe the Solar Eclipse.
I watched on the internet sites,
Bouncing between NASA and other places,
Vermont had 60% coverage.
It looked like clouds went in front of the Sun ☀️
Then it went dim,
I never peeked,
Already having an MS scar on my eye.
The eclipse does do something to us,
Perhaps realigning our energy
Or maybe just take our minds off our differences,
For a Moment.