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Public Hearing: Vermont Gas Pipeline Expansion
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion of Vermont Gas facilities. Vermont Gas Systems Expansion Wednesday evening, May 7, 2014 7:00 p.m  Shoreham Elementary School,  130 School Road, Shoreham, Vermont At a time when climate change is upon us we must think carefully about putting in place…

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Public Hearing: Vermont Gas Pipeline Expansion
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion of Vermont Gas facilities. Vermont Gas Systems Expansion Tuesday evening, September 10, 2013 7:00 p.m  Middlebury Union Middle School, 48 Deerfield Lane, Middlebury, Vermont  At a time when climate change is upon us we must think carefully about putting in place new…

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VT Gas Expansion Thwarts Climate Needs
by Sandy Levine

If your doctor puts you on a diet to prevent major health problems, it is a bad idea to fill your pantry with potato chips. Simply hoping you don’t eat the chips staring you in the face is a bad way to try losing weight. Likewise, if you want to reduce fossil fuels and combat climate…

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Natural Gas – A “Gangplank”
by Sandy Levine

A thoughtful New York Times opinion piece from an oil and gas engineer, Anthony R. Ingrafea, recently noted that: “gas extracted from shale deposits is not a ‘bridge’ to a renewable energy future – it’s a gangplank to more warming and away from clean energy investments.” This is a refreshing insight. The leaks of methane…

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Pipe Dreaming
by Ari Rockland-Miller

Vermont Gas’ proposed pipeline expansion is an ill-conceived pipe dream that would exacerbate Vermont’s contribution to climate change and fuel our continued reliance on non-renewable energy. Adding insult to injury, this fundamentally misguided expansion would pose both immediate and sustained threats to vital wetland ecosystems, state-significant natural communities, and threatened plant populations. The pipeline demands a…

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VT Gas Pipeline – Full Environmental Review Needed
by Sandy Levine

A full environmental review is needed before Vermont Gas Systems digs up wetlands and pollutes the air. Federal law requires a full review for major projects – like pipelines – that will have significant environmental impacts. The Vermont Gas project should not be exempt from this requirement. The proposed gas pipeline planned for Addison County would…

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Natural Gas — A Bridge or a Minefield?
by Sandy Levine

A version of this article first appeared in the Sunday June 23 edition of the Rutland Herald /Times Argus. Conflicting and confusing information is nothing new when it comes to climate change or big energy projects. The role of natural gas in meeting our energy needs is but the latest guest to this party. Like most…