63 Vermonters Occupy Governor's Office To Stop Pipeline

In light of the October 10th Public Service Board decision to not reevaluate the permits for a fracked gas pipeline, and Governor Peter Shumlin’s continued support of the project, over 60 Vermonters are currently sitting in inside the governor’s office building while hundreds rally outside.

“We are fed up with a broken, unaccountable, and biased process that is ignoring the clear and present danger of expanding fossil fuel infrastructure so that Gaz Metro and International Paper can increase their profit margins,” said Jane Palmer, a landowner in Monkton along the Phase 1 pipeline route. “The Shumlin administration is ignoring the thousands of Vermonters, including impacted landowners and over 500 ratepayers, who know we can’t afford this project.”

Demonstrators from across the state are concerned that the Shumlin administration, including the Public Service Department, are promoting dirty fracked gas as a climate solution, despite the well known climate impacts of extracting and burning fracked gas.

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