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Re: “Vermont Gas Pipeline Foes Vow to Keep Fighting

All I saw for a headline was "Vermont Gas Pipeline Foes Vow to keep pounding sand."

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Posted by Roland Circe on 08/12/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Vermont Gas Pipeline Foes Vow to Keep Fighting

VGS negotiated a deal with Hinesburg officials...back in 2014. It was a blatant violation of open meeting laws. VGS has an army of lawyers. Doesn't it seem a little strange that VGS' attorneys would have missed the obvious detail that the Hinesburg SELECT BOARD never voted on that agreement? And also the wetlands delineation which was supposed to have been field verified,(their environmental engineer said so) now turns out to be bogus as well. So here we are at the eleventh hour and VGS is in a big crunch because this is the last piece of the puzzle. Perhaps this was their strategy all along. Try to get a deal with Hinesburg, even if its a bogus deal, and if anyone notices...it will be so late in the game that the PSB will push the deal through because it is the 'last piece of the puzzle". "Better to ask for forgiveness than to ask permission" seems to be their modus operandi.
VGS has bullied its way through parts of Chittenden and Addison Counties, forcing people out of their safe places...their homes...causing stress and anxiety until the property owners gave up and either signed easements or sold their homes to VGS.(or died) Maybe its because this project is all wrong for Vermont and Vermonters.

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Posted by Nathan Palmer on 08/10/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Water Warrior: James Ehlers Is Lake Champlain's Loudest and Most Divisive Advocate

The MEGGA Poisoning of Lake Champlain has been going on for well over a Century . The FACTS are the FACTS ....... http://www.bing.com/search?q=The+Poisoning+of+Lake+Champlain&qs=n&form=QBLH&pq=the+poisoning+of+lake+champlain&sc=0-0&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=87A8061A3781475994FAC086D4C22F4F

Posted by Isacc Witham on 07/27/2016 at 4:55 AM

Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

They need to quit trapping possums for no reason. Each possum can kill up to 5000 ticks in a season.
Another major reason in addition to the ticks is reduced edible vegetation from over browsing leaving lower quality greens. The east needs predators to move the deer and moose otherwise everything gets overgrazed.
https://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/special_interests/white_tailed_deer.pdf

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Posted by David Robert on 07/23/2016 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

With only 2000 of any native species in any state there should be armed guards shooting poachers on sight, not an open season, not even a permit season.

. It is concenring that this moose herd is allowed to dwindle to this point without Vermont just shutting down the hunting season for a few years. Yeah - you take a hit for awhile, but moose tags have to be a pretty major cash cow

the Outdoor Recreation Foundation notes that
THE VERMONT ACTIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY:
• Supports 35,000 jobs across Vermont
• Generates $187 million in annual state tax revenue
• Produces $2.5 billion annually in retail sales and services across Vermont
– accounting for 12% of gross state product


THE RESIDENTS OF VERMONT should APPRECIATE THE IMPACT VIEWING MOOSE HAS ON THE ECONOMY AND URGE, PETITION AND CONTACT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE THE FWD SUSPEND THE MOOSE LOTTERY. WHY? ECONOMICALLY........ WILDLIFE VIEWING IS IN THE NUMBER OF 282,000 PEOPLE OR 54% OF THE POPULATION VS HUNTING AT 72,742 OR 14% OF THE POPULATION. Therefore, of the $2.5 billion dollars in sales, and $187 dollars of tax revenue; 54% of people who are viewing wildlife ( to include moose ) are contributing to the overall economy of Vermont. The Fish and Wildlife page actually dedicates a section to wildlife viewing with a specific notice about observing moose in June 2016.
Also, how is this moose permit season keeping with the FWD's 2010-2020 management strategy points?Management Strategies:
Maintain a statewide fall post-hunt population of
between 3,000 and 5,000 moose.


The moose lottery is now open. SHAME ON THE VT FWD for considering dollars over the sustainable health of the moose in this state! What will moose hunters hunt when the moose are all gone?

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 07/22/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

I did hear a report don't know where it was from.
They said that.75% of new born moose die from tick bites. Anyway to vaccinate? Something has to be done I forgot who reported this this is bad news

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 07/20/2016 at 7:32 PM

Re: “As State-Mandated Recycling Kicks In, the Market for Materials Slides

Recycling is now become a growing process which spread every corner of the world. We can understand how global warming increases and to deal with these issues we are trying to reduce our pollution percentage. Therefore we should take the help of recycling; through which we are able to save our waste products. In this way we should promote recycling and make people aware about these things.
http://tennisballcourts.com/

Posted by paulgates on 06/11/2016 at 6:34 AM

Re: “How to Solve the Pollinator Problem?

don't forget you can help scientists track pollinator species by documenting them and uploading them to iNaturalist.org. if they were observed on your property you can obscure the location for privacy. Make sure to add the observations to the Vemront Atlas of Life project so the Vermont Center for Ecostudies can access the data.

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Posted by Charlie Hohn on 04/04/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Legislators Seek to Secure the Future of Vermont's Valuable Forests

Increased regulations on forestry are a tiny part of the global Agenda 21 program. Little by little the right to use one's land as one desires will be regulated away. Whether it be the BLM taking grazing land from ranchers or the EPA giving themselves complete authority over any and all waterways and wet lands (even seasonal puddles), private property rights are being assailed. Don't misunderstand me.......stewardship of our lands and waterways is essential, I just believe that land owners can and will take better care of their own land, ponds, and brooks than will some government agency. And Robbo is also right.....Vermont's foresters do a great job of managing forests......regulation is a solution in search of a problem.

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Posted by jerrym on 03/25/2016 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Aside from any pro-or-con arguments about the pipeline, I'm shocked that the Hinesburg select board would even think it's okay to make a secret deal on an issue that is obviously extremely controversial. Whatever happened to representative government? I trust this was a momentary lapse of judgment by the hard-working volunteers who serve us--and that there haven't been many other hugely important decisions hidden from the people of Hinesburg!

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 03/12/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Way to go Hinesburg selectboard, you ROCK!
Once again the selectboard has screwed the taxpayers and residents of Hinesburg.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 03/10/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

"Insanity," "closed doors," "speed up the process," "let two hearings stand as one"... We keep hearing these words and phrases in conjunction with anything involving Vermont Gas and this pipeline. This lack of transparency and real respect for Vermonters on the part of VGS becomes glaringly clear at every turn. Really, Beth Parent? "Thousands of new customers?" Those numbers just aren't real. It is grievous that yet another selectboard has been (almost) duped by this disreputable and desperate company. Are they afraid that if they don't deliver this north-south corridor through Vermont to Canada's Gaz Metro, that company will find someone else to do their dirty work? Or another place for it? And by the way, are we all completely clear that fuel oil now costs less than this gas, methane, which is 86 times more deleterious to the atmosphere over a 20 year period than CO2 and is leaked and vented at well sites and compression stations along any pipe route? Stop the madness. And underhanded backroom deals. Eleven miles is enough. And we are running out of time.

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Posted by Beth Thompson on 03/09/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Concerned VTer, you should check out the cost of fracked gas. I'm not talking about the devastating cost to our planet; I'm referring to your out of pocket expenses. VT Gas website has a calculator where you can enter how much fuel oil you burn and the price you pay. It would actually cost people to burn gas and that's without the conversion costs.

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Posted by Mary M on 03/09/2016 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Bob, are you referring to the high voltage power lines that are part of a system that provides service to nearly all Vermonters and not just a few? Or are you referring to the wires that were already in place when the land was gifted by the Geprags?

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Posted by Jeff Noordsy on 03/09/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

I hate to burst your bubble Nathan but I am one who would connect to the pipeline if or when it passes close enough to my house

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 03/09/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Vt. Gas lies, plain & simple. This is a transmission line for dirty fracked gas. It's NOT a service delivery line. Only a few hundred customers *might* benefit, if they elect to hook up. And they will certainly not benefit from all the savings Vt. Gas has promoted, since the project has nearly doubled in cost, and the price-increase market-pressure fix will be in shortly. It's an environmental and safety issue, not an aesthetic one. These pipelines leak. They destroy flora & fauna. They leach natural gas into groundwater and poison wells. The Hinesburg Selectboard certainly messed this one up royally by negotiating in executive session and not once discussing the details in public hearings.

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Posted by Egmatic on 03/09/2016 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

The Hinesburg Select Board might have fallen for one of VT Gas' old tricks. They tell you, don't tell anybody about the deal your getting, let's just keep this between us and you'll do better than others. The sunshine law was put in place for a reason. You cannot finalize secret deals away from the public's eye.

I am sure the sisters who donated this land would be horrified at this turn of events. Hinesburg residents should demand a complete inventory of the affected area. Aside from the golden wing warbler, what rare or endangered plants are in the way of this pipeline? You cannot mitigate that loss.

Although I am not a resident of Hinesburg, I have donated to the Bissonette Recreation Area. Why? Because we all need to help each other for the future of Vermonts children. I now question if my money was well spent or will the Bissonette land go the way of Geprags Park. I do not believe our State's future should be sold to the highest bidder.

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Posted by Mary M on 03/09/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Beth Parent says, "We are hopeful that the interventions will not delay construction or service to these potential new customers or to the thousands of Vermonters on the pipeline route who are depending on us to deliver our services."
So, Vermont Gas, which has botched three cost estimates, is now is a rush and doesn't want to delay service to all those potential new customers. What new customers you ask? Who would bother to switch to burning fracked gas when the cost is more than burning oil and the cost to install and operate a cold climate heat pump is also less than the cost of conversion to burning fracked gas? What new industrial customers in Middlebury that aren't already burning compressed natural gas via the "gas Island" on Exchange Street? Who in Addison County does not have access to fuel? Who is DEPENDING on this pipeline?
This project was NEVER designed to serve Vermont or Vermonters. It is an attempt to install a pipeline that can access the national gas grid so Gaz Metro can make more money and VGS is cleverly getting the Vermont ratepayers to pay for it.

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Posted by Nathan Palmer on 03/09/2016 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

They need to be careful about disturbing the pristine views of the high voltage power lines that stretch across that side of the park.

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Posted by JustBob on 03/09/2016 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Annette Smith Is a Lightning Rod in the Renewable-Energy Debate

To Student for Clean Energy-
What "climate change" are you warning us about? Is it the Obama-driven climate change political agenda or the changes in the weather that are always going on? The "climate change agenda" will continue, like the "harmless" tobacco myths spun out by the tobacco companies, until it became obvious that they were fronting for the most addictive substance known to man, nicotine.
Now, the most compelling scare is the climate change-global warming story, which is just a story. It is the raison d'être for the useless toy renewable energy industry.
Surely, you must know by now that wind and pv solar technology are hopelessly inefficient and incapable of supplying modern energy demand. Neither of these much ballyhooed methods have ever replaced a "dirty" power plant, but like the Russian super hydro-power dams, by the time the extensive power lines reached the big cities, they delivered a trickle of electricity. It was a great social event to relocate entire villages and employ armies of construction workers, but the results were miserable.
The same could be said for the dislocation of rural populations by feeble wind power and solar technologies, the obscene costs of solar and wind power equipment, and the real harm that these do to biological life forms, like cetaceans, birds, bats, bees, and, you guessed it, humans.
Do you still think everyone should take one for the team, or do you think, perhaps, it's time you came to your senses.
I know that this belief that the climate is collapsing has been inculcated into you since you could begin to understand anything.
Like a cult, this belief dies hard.
Read real physics books.
Get help.

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Posted by Marshall Rosenthal on 02/13/2016 at 2:27 PM

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