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Expansion of VT Fracked Gas Pipeline Halted

Residents celebrate years of work

For Immediate Release

Contacts:

Citizens for the Public Good: Barb Wilson, 802-897-5430, barb@solarhavenfarm.com

Just Power: Mary Martin, 802-989-1398, mary@dewittblake.com

Hands Across the Valley: Barrie Bailey, 802-352-4231, barrbailey@gmail.com

Toxics Action Center: Shaina Kasper, 802-922-4780, shaina@toxicsaction.org

 

After a nearly three year fight to stop the Addison County fracked gas pipeline project, we are pleased that Vermont Gas Systems announced today it will not proceed with its proposal to build Phase 2 of the proposed pipeline expansion project from Middlebury, through Cornwall and Shoreham and under Lake Champlain to International Paper’s plant in Ticonderoga, New York.

“We are ecstatic that Vermont Gas Systems will not build Phase 2 of the fracked gas pipeline expansion project through Bates Hollow,” said Barb Wilson of Citizens for the Public Good, a community group working with Toxics Action Center for two years and an intervener on the campaign. “Vermonters like ourselves along the proposed route from Middlebury to Lake Champlain have been so supported by our neighbors, communities, and all of Vermont to stop this polluting pipeline.”

Shaina Kasper, Vermont Community Organizer with Toxics Action Center, an environmental and public health non-profit, called the decision a huge step in the right direction. “We've known all along that this pipeline was a bad investment for Vermont's energy future, and we're glad Vermont Gas finally agrees, at least on Phase II of the project,” Kasper said. “We hope the next step is to abandon the whole project so we can invest in clean energy and shift away from polluting fossil fuels.”

“With increasing costs due to the loss of International Paper, I doubt that Vermont Gas will even attempt to expand to Phase 3 for years,” said Barrie Bailey, leader of community group Hands Across the Valley which is fighting the proposed Phase 3 pipeline expansion. “We need to focus on developing more renewable energy sources sucas cold climate heat pumps and pellet stoves. That’s where the jobs are.”

“We need to make sure that Vermont’s energy future is as green as our mountains” said Mary Martin, a homeowner along Phase 2, “And not building Phase 2 of the fracked gas pipeline is a sure step in the right direction.