But neither the stamp of approval, nor frigid temperatures and biting wind in downtown Burlington, deterred protestors from turning out for a rally Saturday against that decision. Altogether, around 75 people met up outside One Main Street, waving placards and banners and stamping their feet to keep warm.
The proposed pipeline has fueled opposition throughout Vermont. Environmentalists decry the additional construction of fossil fuel infrastructure instead of renewable energy resources, and they oppose the technology used to obtain the Canadian natural gas. A portion of the gas the pipeline would carry is obtained in Canada using hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.”
In 2012, Vermont became the first state in the country to ban fracking. To turn around and transport fracked gas into the state strikes Sue Morris, of Marshfield, as hypocritical. “Either we want to fight global warming or we don’t,” she said as the rally kicked into gear. “We have to decide.”
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