“For over 40 years, I have worked all over the world to bring about sustainable energy solutions.” said Douglas Smith, 75, of Sharon. “I’m taking action today because climate degradation now seems far more serious when I have grandkids about to go to college.”
The six blockaders are members of the Upper Valley Affinity Group, a climate organization that has taken action in the past against the Keystone XL Pipeline and other projects promoting fossil fuel dependency. On the anniversary of participation in the People’s Climate March, they are escalating their tactics.
Nina Swaim, a 75 year old grandmother from Sharon, said, “The pipeline is far too expensive, far too dangerous, and will just lock us into fracked gas infrastructure, a major cause of climate change.”
Since the pipeline was first proposed, its cost has nearly doubled, and construction has been significantly delayed. The company expected to complete the 43 mile pipe by now, and less than 10 miles have been built. Despite being caught misleading the State twice, the Department of Public Service continues to advocate on behalf of the gas company. 
“Why do we allow corporations vested in fossil fuels to dictate energy policy? The fossil fuel path is worse than a bridge to nowhere, it is bridging an end to the world as we know it.” said Li Shen, Thetford, 65 years old.
The 6 activists in the blockade expect to be arrested after stalling work for as long as possible.
“Building new fossil fuel infrastructure now is criminally irresponsible.” said Stuart Blood, a 66 year old from Thetford also risking arrest.
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