Avoiding the Natural Gas Trap

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Vermont Gas Pipeline Forum This Wednesday
by Sandy Levine

The new folks in town want to hear what you think about the Vermont Gas Pipeline. WHAT:           Public Forum to Discuss Vermont Gas Pipeline Project WHEN:          Wednesday, February 22 TIME:            5:30 – 8:30pm WHERE:       Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr, Montpelier, VT…

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New England’s Big Pipeline Myth
by Greg Cunningham

For three years now, Big Gas has been spinning tall tales aimed at scaring you and me – and especially our local politicans – into locking in our addiction to dirty, polluting natural gas for decades to come. But their hype ignores the facts and the very real progress made over the past few years to avoid price spikes, keep the lights on, and tamp down our emissions of climate-damaging pollution.

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Invenergy plant in Burrillville fails to sell power to regional grid at auction

But opponents of the plant say that renewable sources can fill in any need for new power in New England. The auction results show that there is a surplus of potential power supplies that can step in, according to Jerry Elmer, staff attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation. In the ISO-NE zone that includes Rhode…

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Tillerson Tasked With Global Leadership on Climate Change

“U.S. leadership on climate change is essential to protecting the future of our economy and the safety of our communities, and Rex Tillerson now has the mantle of providing that leadership,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “We must cautiously, if reluctantly, place our faith in his willingness to put the best interests of the nation above those of the industry he championed his entire career. And if he falters, we are ready to challenge him at every turn.”

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CLF Doubles Down on Efforts to Stop Burrillville Gas Plant

“Invenergy is putting the cart before the horse by unveiling an unacceptable plan to take public water without first resolving the huge chunks missing from its power plant application,” said CLF attorney Max Greene. “The company’s plan to build enormous, expensive and unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure flies in the face of state policy and public will, yet they continue to go forward with new plans that raise more questions than answers. It’s time for the State to recognize these repeated and glaring deficiencies and shut down this project once and for all.”

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CLF Defeats Gas Pipeline Proposal in Rhode Island PUC
by Jerry Elmer

Late in the afternoon on Friday, January 13, just before the start of the long MLK holiday weekend, National Grid quietly filed a letter with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) asking the PUC to close Docket # 4627. This is the Docket that would have allowed National Grid to contract for a portion…

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Environmental Groups Urge Sanders, Leahy To Oppose Trump’s Science-Denying EPA Pick

… Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) was one of the 11 organizations campaigning against Pruitt’s confirmation. CLF Senior Attorney Chris Kilian says Pruitt’s record is fundamentally at odds with the mission of the EPA. “We’re very concerned that an attorney general that has been a lead in suing the Environmental Protection Agency to limit the scope…

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National Grid Files To Withdraw Access Northeast Project In Rhode Island

… Attorneys with the Conservation Law Foundation see this development as a victory, calling the project dead. The group has been fighting the proposal, citing federal law that forbids charging electricity customers for natural gas pipelines. CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer thinks a new proposal would likely fail for two reasons. “One, it is illegal…

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Vermont Gas: Poor Management. Who Pays?
by Sandy Levine

When the person you hire to build your new house bungles the project, you don’t expect to pay for all those mistakes. The same applies for massive utility projects. The bungled Vermont Gas Pipeline has a sad history of cost overruns, safety lapses, mistakes and mismanagement. Just a few of the problems include: Faulty analysis…

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Gas Leaks Ordinance a Win-Win for Environment and Economy

“Every second, thousands of natural gas leaks, invisible to the naked eye, are polluting the air and endangering the health of communities throughout Massachusetts,” said CLF advocate Megan Herzog. “And to add insult to injury, the cost of that lost gas is passed on to consumers, with businesses and families footing the bill for leaky infrastructure. By prioritizing repairs on already-opened roads and promoting greater information transparency, this ordinance takes a meaningful step toward ensuring we can address the serious problem of gas leaks in a safe, logical, and economically beneficial way.”