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Public Hearing: Vermont Gas Systems Rates
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on a planned rate increase and use of customer funds to support expansion of Vermont Gas facilities. Vermont Gas Systems – Rates & Use of Customer Funds for Pipeline Thursday evening, June 16, 2016  7:00 p.m  Colchester High School 131 Laker Lane, Colchester, VT Climate…

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Video: Putting ExxonMobil on Trial
by Laurie O'Reilly

Conservation Law Foundation is suing ExxonMobil over the corporate giant’s deliberate campaign of deceit about climate change – which put local communities here in New England at risk. The company’s failure to fortify its oil storage facility in Everett against climate impacts could result in catastrophic spills of oil and other toxic pollution into the…

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Clean Energy Powerhouse

… Moving beyond electric energy efficiency, Vermonters now have an array of opportunities to install solar to meet electricity needs. Read more by CLF Senior Attorney Sandy Levine…

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CLF Victory: Highest Court in Massachusetts Enforces Global Warming Solutions Act
by Jenny Rushlow

By Jenny Rushlow and David Ismay In a sweeping unanimous opinion yesterday, the highest court in the Commonwealth confirmed that Massachusetts’s landmark 2008 climate protection law, the Global Warming Solutions Act, requires that the state take enforceable action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis in order to achieve the law’s 2050 greenhouse…

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Taking Big Gas to Court
by Veronica Eady

Yesterday, CLF appeared before Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court in a case that could dramatically impact our climate future in the Commonwealth and across New England. At the heart of the case is whether the state’s Department of Public Utilities can force businesses and families to finance multi-million-dollar investments in new natural gas pipelines and other…

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Maine Can Lead New England into a Clean Energy Future
by Ben Tettlebaum

Right now, Maine – along with the rest of New England – is shaping its energy future. In the next month, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will decide whether the state becomes the first in the region to enter into a contract for a massive, polluting natural gas pipeline. In a proceeding that has taken more…

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Department of Energy’s Analysis of Northern Pass Is Grossly Inadequate
by Melissa Birchard

Last month, CLF filed our latest round of official comments on the Northern Pass project. This time, the hefty set of comments was in response to the Department of Energy’s analysis of the likely environmental impacts of the proposed transmission line. As currently planned, the overhead transmission line, a project of Eversource Energy, would bisect…

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Kinder Morgan Pipeline’s End is Good News for Clean Energy
by Greg Cunningham

Late yesterday, CLF declared a victory in our fight to end our region’s addiction to climate-warming fossil fuels when gas giant Kinder Morgan announced it is pulling the plug on its Northeast Energy Direct (NED) natural gas pipeline. A Flawed Project That Was Never Needed The project as proposed was flawed from the outset. For…