Bungled Vermont Gas Pipeline – Comments Needed

Sandy Levine | @CLFLevine

Pulling the plug on the Vermont Gas pipeline is long overdue. Conservation Law Foundation sued to require that Vermont Gas Systems demonstrate the proposed pipeline is justified. You can read our brief and reply brief here.

It should be a tall order. If regulators knew in 2013 what they know now, it is hard to imagine the project would have been approved. And it shouldn’t be now.

Sloppy management and poor oversight persist. Costs continue to skyrocket. At last report they more than doubled. Meanwhile, cleaner and lower cost energy supplies are more available.

It is time to quit while we are ahead – and before more environmental destruction reigns.

Provide written comments to the Vermont Public Service Board. Send an email or write to them at Vermont Public Service Board, 112 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-270. Be sure to note “Docket #8330 Public Comment” in the heading.

Tell the Board what you think about the pipeline and the need to take a fresh look. Times are changing. So should our energy supply.

Some issues to highlight include:

  • The costs more than doubled and cleaner supplies are available.
  • Poor management of the project from the outset.
  • High greenhouse gas emissions and pollution from the project.
  • Need to move away from fossil fuels, not lock in 50 more years of pollution.
  • Vermont Gas has not been a good neighbor and has ignored reasonable landowner requests.

 

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