Sold out. Vermont has been sold out, by our governor, by our politicians, by the Middlebury Select Board – save the one lone, brave and principled dissenter — by the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, and by the Public Service Board, who decided on Dec. 23 to grant a certificate of public good on Phase I of the Addison County gas pipeline to Vermont Gas Systems, owned by Gaz Metro/Valener/Enbridge.
There were over 2,000 comments submitted to the PSB on the fracked gas pipeline through Addison County, more than on any other issue in Vermont’s history, and yet they chose to issue a CPG to Vermont Gas/Gaz Metro, deliberately ignoring the public’s concerns and wishes.
What happens to earth and water when it’s dug up, dislodged, moved or diverted by huge machines? The organic structure, the nutrients, insects and worms, the different layers, the essential oxygenation, all created over many years, and then violently displaced, with a 10-12-inch metal pipeline, filled with gas, inserted with extreme force, raping the earth, changing the soil, the landscape, our values, our lives, and our future, for profit for a series of Canadian corporations. Where is the public good in this? It’s corporate, not public.
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