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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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Bungled Vermont Gas Pipeline – Oral Argument Scheduled
by Sandy Levine

UPDATE: The location of the hearing on September 7 has now changed to the Pavilion Building Auditorium,109 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont. The Vermont Public Service Board will hear oral arguments on September 7 at 11AM in Montpelier, Vermont, on Conservation Law Foundation’s petition seeking a new review of this misguided, mismanaged and bungled gas pipeline…

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Renewable Natural Gas – Another Missed Opportunity for Vermont Gas Systems
by Sandy Levine

When Vermont regulators approved an ill-fated natural gas pipeline in 2013, they required that the pipeline make available renewable natural gas for its customers. As conceived, this would be a (very) small step to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from expanding the use of fossil fuels in Vermont. Natural gas is methane. Cow poop also…

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Vermont Gas Unfazed By Latest Obstacles

… Attorneys who have represented opponents in years-long litigation associated with the pipeline say this represents a pattern of behavior. Sandra Levine, a senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, said the company could have avoided destruction of the endangered plants if it had conducted a proper evaluation of the construction site ahead of time.…

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Vermont Gas Pipeline: A Closer Look at Ballooning Costs
by Sandy Levine

When costs double, taking a closer look at a project makes sense. That will happen in Vermont with the Vermont Gas Pipeline. Vermont regulators recently denied a request by Vermont Gas to sweep under the rug a closer look at the pipeline’s exorbitant cost increases. You can read the Board’s Order here. Vermont rules require…

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Hiding the Ball
by Sandy Levine

With our energy supply, when utilities hide the ball, the environment suffers. In Vermont, regulators just imposed a $100,000 fine on the developer of a large natural gas pipeline, Vermont Gas Systems.  You can read the order here. The company waited more than six months to disclose a significant cost increase for the project. The…

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Gas Pipelines — Misinformation and High Costs
by Sandy Levine

The high cost and pollution from new gas pipelines are no secret. They deliver a clear reminder that investing in new fossil fuels is a bad bet for our energy future – bad for the environment and bad for our pocketbooks. When costs ballooned for Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed new pipeline, the company failed to…

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Halted: VT Gas Pipeline
by Sandy Levine

Welcome news from Vermont Gas Systems that it will not proceed with Phase 2 of its expensive and polluting natural gas pipeline. Over recent months, project costs have skyrocketed and pollution impacts increased. New gas pipelines lock us into continued fossil fuel use for decades into the future are a bad bet for our climate…

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Keeping Out Citizens
by Sandy Levine

Regulatory decisions, like democracies, and even social events, generally benefit from broad participation. It is rare that the input from a wide range of interests doesn’t improve the outcome. In regulatory matters, allowing broad participation is particularly helpful when the folks who usually participate have already reached an agreement. The only opportunity to hear another…

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Vermont Gas — Faulty Analysis, Faulty Results
by Sandy Levine

Taking climate change seriously means taking a hard look at proposals to expand fossil fuels in the region. Science tells us we need to move quickly – run, don’t walk – away from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable sources of energy. The massive new pipeline proposed by Vermont Gas will run (not walk) through Vermont…