Climate Justice Activists Hang Banner at VT Gas to Protest Pipeline

Climate Justice Activists Hang Banner at VT Gas to Protest Pipeline

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT- This morning, Burlington residents affiliated with Rising Tide Vermont [1] unfurled a banner in front of Vermont Gas’ headquarters, reading: “The Climate is in Crisis! No Pipelines! Stop VT Gas, Keystone XL and Trailbreaker!”

The action was part of an international day of solidarity with the ongoing blockade of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline in East Texas. Activists and community members in Texas have been using non-violent civil disobedience to block the construction of the pipeline for the past 58 days. [2]

“As communities continue to rebuild in the wake of superstorm Sandy, it should be obvious that the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure is unacceptable,” said Sara Mehalick, with Rising Tide Vermont.

“From Transcanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, to Vermont Gas’s scheme to pump gas under Lake Champlain, to ExxonMobil’s plans for a New England tar sands pipeline [3], our right to a livable planet is under attack,” Mehalick said.

Last month, Vermont Gas reached an initial agreement with International Paper to extend a pipeline from south of Middlebury, under Lake Champlain to the IP paper plant in Ticonderoga, NY. [4]

“Natural gas is a false solution to climate change,” said Keith Brunner, a participant in the action. “We banned fracking for a reason. Vermont Gas’s pipeline would lock our communities into decades of dependence on dirty energy, despite the urgent need to transition towards genuinely renewable, community-owned energy sources.”

“Today, Rising Tide Vermont stands in solidarity with communities most affected by climate change and energy extraction- especially indigenous and frontline communities resisting tar sands, fracking, mega dams and other forms of extreme energy,” said participant Avery Pittman.

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