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

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Heather Pipino of the Vermont Workers’ Center speaks during a rally against a proposed gas pipeline through Addison County before a hearing before the Public Service Board to discuss the proposal at Champlain Valley High School in Hinesburg on Thursday.

/ GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

By Dorothy Pellet / Source: Burlington Free Press

The message could not be missed. 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.”

Speakers at the rally included Jane Palmer, a homeowner from Monkton. “Natural gas is not the answer to our problems. Natural gas is not clean,” Palmer said.

Emily Reynolds of Waterbury said she is a member of Rising Tide, a group seeking to put a stop to more fossil fuel use. She said Waterbury’s devastation from Tropical Storm Irene was due to climate change derived from fossil fuel use.

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