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Protect Geprags Park from the Pipeline

If you haven’t heard yet, the Hinesburg Select Board met on Monday, March 21st and decided not to ratify the agreement previously made with Vermont Gas Systems in 2014 for an easement through Geprags Park! Residents of Hinesburg opposed to the pipeline presented the Select Board with a petition with over 450 signatures, and they poked holes in supposed project benefits claimed by Vermont Gas. For residents of Hinesburg, their struggle to protect their park is not yet over, and they need your help. Please join their efforts and donate at the link below!

*The Peace & Justice Center is the host of the legal defense fund for Protect Geprags Park. Donations can also be sent via mail to Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Suite 1C, Burlington, VT 05401 with “Geprags” in the memo line.


Learn More About Geprags Park!

No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure October 2014For over two years, Vermonters have fought a fracked gas pipeline that will threaten landowners, increase rates for customers, and release methane into the atmosphere. It will also lock Vermont into fossil fuel use for the foreseeable future–the pipeline isn’t a bridge to a liveable future; it’s a gangplank to climate catastrophe.

Fracking is so destructive and morally reprehensible that it has been banned in Vermont, so how can we support bringing in fracked gas from outside Vermont?

We have defeated Phase II of the project and are continuing to protest Phase I through ratepayer complaints, direct actions, and legal battles. Due to grassroots organizing efforts and widespread opposition to the pipeline project, the Public Service Board held hearings to decide whether to reconsider the Certificate of Public Good granted to VGS for the pipeline. A decision has not yet been reached.


July 8 2015: 350Vermont submits Amicus Brief

350Vermont submitted an amicus brief on July 8th urging the Public Service Board (PSB)

The brief urges PSB to reconsider the Certificate of Public Good for the Addison Natural Gas Project, addressing issues raised by the public that were not fully developed in the technical hearings in late June.

June 22 2015 Technical Hearings

Vt. PSB holds gas pipeline hearings

“Dozens of concerned Vermonters packed into a room in Montpelier Monday to see the Vermont Public Service Board review Vermont Gas Systems’ Addison-Rutland Pipeline project.”

June 22-23 2015 Rise Up and Speak Out–Rally and All-night Vigil

PSB Takes Another Look at Vermont Gas Pipeline Project

“Just after the official hearings ended, Rising Tide, Just Power and other activist groups were beginning a planned all-night protest outside the Public Service Board’s headquarters at 112 State St. Starting around 4:30 p.m., about 100 protesters marched around the building. They planned a “truth-in” vigil to start after dark in observance of people around the world who have lost their homes as a result of fracking.”

Oct 27 2014: Time’s Up Rise Up!

VT Gas Pipeline Protesters Occupy Govenor’s Office

“Hundreds of environmental protesters occupied the governor’s office on Monday, demanding that Gov. Peter Shumlin reverse his support for the natural gas pipeline through Addison County, and oppose any other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Vermont…”

May 7 2014 Public Hearing

Public hearing for phase two of the Vermont Gas pipeline

“It was standing room only at the Shoreham Elementary School Wednesday night, for a heated public hearing on phase two of the Vermont Gas Pipeline.”

September 11, 2013 public hearing

Hundreds weigh in on gas pipeline proposal in Middlebury

“More than 500 people from throughout the state packed the Middlebury Union Middle School gym on Tuesday to weigh in on a proposed 43-mile natural gas pipeline, with most of the commenters urging the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) to deny Vermont Gas Systems the permit.”

PSB Hears Public Comments Addison County Pipeline

“While natural gas proponents often characterize it as a bridge to a cleaner energy future, opponents cite the environmental concerns and say its more like a gangplank.  Several speakers Tuesday night capitalized on that image to appear before the board as characters from the Disney film Peter Pan, which featured the pirate Captain Hook.”


Hundreds of Natural Gas Pipeline Opponents in Addison County Dominate PSB Hearing

“About 600 Vermonters thronged to the Middlebury Union Middle School on Tuesday night to oppose a natural gas pipeline proposed for Addison County.”
Thursday, March 21, 2013 public hearing

VT, NY weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline

“People packed into the high school auditorium in Hinesburg, Vt., last week, to voice their opinions about a proposed natural gas pipeline before the Vermont Public Service Board.”

Before the board: Both sides voice opinions on proposed natural gas pipeline

“People entering Champlain Valley Union High School for the Public Service Board hearing Thursday encountered an orderly rally of climate activists, farmers and students, some holding a 10-foot-long banner stating, ‘NO PIPELINES. The Climate is in Crisis.'”