4 March 2014
Following Town Meeting Day results, groups renew call for immediate cancellation of gas pipeline project
“We won’t come if people don’t want us.”
Don Gilbert, CEO of Vermont Gas, March 31 2011 
Following the passage of a series of resolutions opposed to the pipeline, a coalition of landowners, grassroots groups, and environmental organizations are calling for the immediate cancellation of the Addison Natural Gas Project (ANGP). The groups are calling on Vermont Gas to rescind its application for the remaining permits on Phase I, as well as its application at the Public Service Board for Phase II of the project.
“No means no,” said Mary Martin, a resident of Cornwall whose land would be affected by the gas pipeline project. “Vermont Gas has said the last thing they want to do is put a pipeline where people don’t want it. Well, the message is clear -- Cornwall doesn’t want it.”
On Monday, the towns of Cornwall and Shoreham each passed non-binding resolutions opposing Phase II of the ANGP, while the Addison County Regional Planning Commission’s Energy Committee voted 4-1 not to endorse the project. And today in Monkton, residents passed an article “denouncing” the pipeline project. 
Monkton resident Maren Vasatka said, “Vermont Gas is NOT a good neighbor -- they have disregarded our questions, dismissed our safety concerns and bullied us by threatening us with Eminent Domain when they don't even have permits to construct the project. Monkton residents denounced this project today, and that is a message to Vermont Gas that we don't want you here in Monkton. Where is the public good when you ask the public in three towns to vote and they all voted no to Vermont Gas in our town?”
“This fracked gas pipeline is far from a done deal,” said Keith Brunner, with Rising Tide Vermont. “Vermont Gas would like to have us believe that they’re well on their way to Rutland, but in fact they’re still negotiating permits and easements for Phase 1.”
Colton Francis, an organic gardener from southeast Rutland, said “Tearing up the streets of Rutland to install fracked gas infrastructure is a false solution to addressing poverty in our community. As someone who works the land, I’m also very concerned that where the gas comes from in Alberta, fracking is poisoning the land, air, and water of First Nations and settler communities.”
Naomi Leary with Toxics Action Center said:
“Across Addison County we are seeing residents stand up for their rights to decide what is best for their communities. And again and again we are seeing that what’s best for Vermont Gas and International Paper isn’t what’s best for Vermont’s economy and the public good. It’s time Governor Shumlin and his Public Service Board listen to those communities too.”
Keith Brunner, Rising Tide Vermont, 201.906.4484
NOTES FOR EDITORS
2] Cornwall’s results were 126 to 16, and Shoreham’s results were 66 to 38 in favor of resolutions opposing the pipeline. Monkton passed the resolution with a voice vote.