By Brian Tokar / Source: VT Digger
Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Brian Tokar, the director of the Plainfield-based Institute for Social Ecology and a lecturer in Environmental Studies at UVM. He lives in East Montpelier.
On Town Meeting Day, March 5, voters in some 25 Vermont towns, including Burlington and Montpelier, will have an opportunity to vote to challenge proposed changes to an aging Northeast Kingdom oil pipeline that could have a serious impact on Vermont and our entire region. Recent visits to Montpelier by the CEO of the pipeline company — owned by ExxonMobil’s Canadian subsidiary — along with environmental officials from Alberta, highlight the importance of this issue for our future.