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Kimmy Gaschel 
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Re: “Act 250 Revamp Mired in Montpelier Quagmire

In regards to only destroying the aesthetic of the town. If a town doesn't have a nice aesthetic who the heck wants to live there? That is the Allure of Vermont!! That is exactly why people come to Vermont, for the aesthetic!! Would anyone want to live in a town that has become a wasteland due to unregulated Industry taking advantage? I feel so bad for our neighbors on Route 22 in new york heading north towards granville. They used to have a beautiful Mountain View! You know what blocks their Mountain View now? A massive slate volcano. A mountain of waste "slag". This will be here forever! These mountains will never go away, the ground itself will never reclaim them! You need permits to put up a billboard, or a windmill. But you can build a mountain and destroy your neighbors view shed and nobody tells you any different... this is so sick and I am so disappointed with Vermont.

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Posted by Kimmy Gaschel on 04/18/2019 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Act 250 Revamp Mired in Montpelier Quagmire

Why is the Slate industry so set against this? Why are they so against offering their neighbors protections? Granite, marble they don't have this exemption. We need to bring slate in line with the other extraction Industries! This is all just beginning right now in our town but once this really takes off I guarantee you will have many many more outraged Neighbors! I will be forming a coalition of neighbors against unregulated mining. I will not be bullied out of my house and I will never see my children's quality of life destroyed. That I can promise you.

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Posted by Kimmy Gaschel on 04/18/2019 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Act 250 Revamp Mired in Montpelier Quagmire

You would not believe the life here! Endangered species, northern water snakes, frogs,Toad's, lizards, we have two to three hundred little brown bats that are registered with the state residing in our attic. Our home is historic built in the mid-1800s!! One blast could rupture our sewer line and contaminate this entire communities water, we are talkin about 125+ homes! Is it worth it? Water is our most important resource, not slate! Vermont is living in the past, we need to protect the future, the children of Vermont! If you expect families to make their lives here you need to protect us in situations like this. This is not the Industrial Revolution anymore, we now know things that were once okay are really not! This is 2019!! Not 1919!!! There was a committee that reviewed a possible repeal of the exemption back in 2015 and here we are again! When will things change! Does it take a child having to die?? Would anyone out there be okay living 150 feet from an active Quarry? if so please! Buy my house! This exemption goes directly against our constitutional rights for the state of Vermont entitling families to the safe peaceful enjoyment of one's property! I will make it my personal mission to share this in every Outlet possible! I will not stop, I am a mother protecting my children and I will do so at all costs! This story needs to get out people need to know how Vermont really is!! Repealing the exemption will not stop them from extracting slate, but will ensure neighbors have the right to enjoy their property as well, that they know when blast will occur, there will be set work hours, and agencies who will do Environmental Studies beforehand like we so desperately need!

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Posted by Kimmy Gaschel on 04/18/2019 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Act 250 Revamp Mired in Montpelier Quagmire

No limit to the depth they may dig, no set hours for blasting, or working. All day Saturday and Sunday is not out of the question as we saw. There is no one to come in and say wait a minute this site is next to an old town dump currently venting methane and 200 feet from the community sewer line this may not be a good idea! Not to mention it is in the center of our village! We all have drilled wells! I have three young children that play 150 feet from where this eighteen-year-old intends to blast!! A neighbor who has lived here his whole life told me 50 years ago when they blasted rocks flew through his window. Who will be held accountable if one of my children is injured? Another Neighbors Home suffered significant Foundation damage that was never repaired by the company. See it seems these companies have in-house lawyers to boot!! This is the state of Vermont. The Green Mountain State. I state that preaches environmentalism and they are allowing this destruction on an epic level in Rutland County. Please do an aerial view of West pawlet up to Fair Haven and look at the destruction that has occurred, ironically just over the Border in New York you seen no such destruction because New York has Common Sense regulations and requires the land to be reclaimed! This land will never be reclaimed with this exemption! Why would anybody want to move to these areas? When this young man bulldozed the wetlands I contacted the DEC. They came and verified the wetlands had been bulldozed and it was in their report. Where are the consequences?This entire area is surrounded by wetlands! And they are waking up!

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Posted by Kimmy Gaschel on 04/18/2019 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Act 250 Revamp Mired in Montpelier Quagmire

My family has been personally affected by the ACT 250 exemption for slate quarries. I will be taking this to every Outlet I can find. I will be contacting mainstream media about this situation. We moved here a year-and-a-half ago not next to an active Quarry. In a community surrounded by 15 other homes. And 125+ homes in the village of west pawlet 1/2 mi away. There was nothing in our deed about quarries and their ability to reopen at ANY point in time for the foreseeable future!! When the Quarry down the road was casually mentioned when we were viewing this house I asked my agent wait they are no longer active, right? And was told no, no as he shook his head. No mention of act 250 exemption and their ability to reopen at any point in the future with no regulations and no permits no less. What other business can close its doors for 50 years and reopen with no notice, permits, regulations? This is insanity! We did not move in next to an active Quarry and then suddenly start complaining. That is a ridiculous notion. Nine months after we moved in unbeknownst to us there sat a small what would appear to the naked eye to be a pond next door to our property through the woods. We didn't even know it was there I mean how many people walk their neighbor's property before purchasing their home. Starting at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and continuing throughout the week and every weekend for the next two months we had an 18 year old man bulldozing 50 years of growth to the ground in preparation to "requarry" an old pit. Imagine my shock calling act 250 and finding out there is no regulations on these operations.

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Posted by Kimmy Gaschel on 04/18/2019 at 8:45 AM

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