By Kirk Carapezza / Source: Vermont Public Radio
On this Town Meeting Day voters in one Addison County town have reiterated their strong opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline, hoping to boost their voice as the Vermont Gas Company seeks permission from the state to expand its service south.
As in other Vermont towns, a well-run grassroots campaign is widely seen as an art form in Monkton. So Jennifer Baker was welcomed when she circulated petitions asking whether anyone was interested in establishing a legal fund to represent the town’s interests in the Addison County Natural Gas Project.
“I think the town is pretty united that they don’t want to be pushed around by Vermont Gas and that they want to have a say in Vermont Gas’s future presence in the town,” Baker said shortly before a voice vote during Monkton’s town meeting confirmed her assumption.
And with that, Monkton agreed to spend as much as $50,000 on a legal fund.