Source: Rising Tide VT
Last night, Wednesday May 8th, approximately 200 people crowded into Shoreham Elementary School to testify to the Public Service Board, who must decide whether or not to grant VTGas a certificate of public good for Phase II of their proposed pipeline through Vermont from Alberta, Canada.
Dozens spoke and the overwhelming majority of those present testified against the pipeline, citing environmental studies, economic statistics, and Vermont law. Many of those who spoke made comments suggesting that the Public Service Board had already made their decision, and that the presence of those testifying was more of a symbolic gesture of collective resistance.
The few who spoke in favor of the pipeline argued for the supposed economic viability of the project, and suggested that environmental and health concerns were minimal at best. Of those that supported the pipeline at the hearing was an employee of International Paper, an ex-employee of VTGas, employees of the VT Agency of Commerce, and a handful of Vermonters.
This was the first of two Public Service Board hearings reserved for Phase II of the natural gas pipeline.