Take Action! Rally and Public Hearing to Stop the Vermont Gas Pipeline

Thurs March 21st in Hinesburg

6pm Rally

7pm Public Hearing

CVU High School 369 CVU Road, Hinesburg

As Vermont Gas pushes forward with their plans to transport dirty, fracked gas through farms and neighborhoods, join us as we rally together and tell the Public Service Board “NO WAY!” to new extreme energy and fossil fuel infrastructure.

Landowners have been lied to and intimidated, and Vermont Gas is pulling a swift one on Vermonters by “greenwashing” the supposed benefits of fracked gas, aclimate-wrecking fossil fuel that is poisoning the water and air in gas fields from Pennsylvania to Alberta, Canada.

Please join us this Thursday, March 21 to stand with impacted landowners, concerned youth and other Vermonters in stopping one of the biggest threats to a sustainable, equitable energy future in Vermont.  We will hear from landowners who are fighting to keep the pipeline out of their forests and farms, and will present ourselves as a unified movement aimed at stopping the pipeline and reducing Vermont’s dependence on extreme energy and false solutions to climate change.

For more info, go to risingtidevermont.org or contactrisingtidevermont@gmail.com
For carpooling from the Burlington area, call Keith Brunner (201) 906. 4484
For Carpooling from central Vermont, call Sara Mehalick(802) 338.1613

If you can’t make it Thursday, you can submit public comment on-line here: http://psb.vermont.gov/docketsandprojects/public-comment?docket=7970

Vermont Gas – Locking Vermont into decades more of dependence on dirty, extreme energy
Natural gas is not clean energy.  Due to methane emissions from leakage during extraction, storage and transport, natural gas may be worse in terms of climate change than coal.

Continuing to burn fossil fuels of any sort ensures that catastrophic climate change will wreak havoc on the planet over the next century.  And continued reliance of forms of extreme energy like hydraulic fracturing guarantees that communities will continue to be poisoned, displaced, and denied their rights to a healthy environment and livable planet.

Not in Vermont’s Backyard?
In 2012, Vermont banned fracking, taking a bold stand against the fossil fuel industry.  Now, the governor, Vermont Gas and many large businesses want to import more fracked gas, so they can claim meager CO2 emissions reductions.  If fracking is too dangerous for Vermont, it is too danger for other communities as well.

Join us in solidarity with communities trying to stop fracking in Alberta, and help us send a message to the Public Service Board and the governor that fracking shouldn’t happen in anyone’s backyard.

Energy for people?
A majority of the gas that will move through this pipeline is destined for the International Paper pulp mill in Fort Ticonderoga, NY.  Despite their rhetoric, Vermont Gas cares more about supplying cheaper energy to one of the worlds largest timber corporations than providing low-income Vermonters with more affordable heating options.  Recent estimates suggest that if Vermont Gas used approved ratepayer funds to weatherize every home in Addison County instead of to build a new pipeline to IP, the cost savings to residents would be much more substantial over the long term, and the emissions reductions, from CO2 and methane, would be significantly higher (up to 20 times!).

Join us this Thursday, March 21, as we rally together and send a strong message to the Public Service Board.  We need to stand up for the rights of our communities and the rights of communities in other parts of the world, and fight for the kind of sustainable, equitable energy future we wish to build.

In Solidarity,

Will Bennington and Rising Tide Vermont

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