Target: Governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin
Goal: Stop a gas pipeline proposed to run underneath a lake crucial for recreation, wildlife, and drinking water
A natural gas pipeline, expected to run through Vermont, underneath Lake Champlain, and end in New York, threatens wildlife, natural land, citizen’s homes, and freshwater supplies. Vermont made fracking illegal in 2012 but fracking gas infrastructure is still allowed in the state. This pipeline project has faced problems from being overbudget, outraged citizens, and environmental advocates. Help protect Vermont’s citizens, land, and lake from an invasive and potentially polluting gas pipeline.
The first phase of the pipeline barely started construction when the company, Vermont Gas, had to propose a bigger budget than anticipated. Vermont officials were not amused. The first phase of the pipeline, which will run 41 miles through the interior of Vermont, is crucial to initiate the second phase of the project, a pipeline to International Paper in New York. The second phase of the project is now on hold because of the budget complications associated with the first phase. Vermont Gas has been fined for neglecting to tell state officials for months of the increased cost, which is over by 35.6 million dollars. Vermont’s state regulators are now looking to evaluate both phases of the project. The time is now to act against this pipeline.
Lake Champlain sits between Vermont and New York and is home to a variety of fish species and is a crucial habitat for migrating birds. The lake provides recreational activities like fishing, swimming, boating, and camping. The threat of an underground pipeline beneath the waters of Lake Champlain is very unsettling because nearly 200,000 people rely on the lake for drinking water. The pipeline’s construction will damage water quality from increased sedimentation and the pipeline’s risk of a leak can potentially pollute the water, harming aquatic wildlife and drinking supplies. With approximately 77 significant gas pipeline leaks happening a year in the United States, Lake Champlain’s integrity, wildlife, and water are at stake.
A pipeline project binds Vermont to years of dirty energy for the use of a New York corporation known for environmental pollution. By signing this petition, you are urging the Governor of Vermont to deny the second phase of the gas pipeline project and stop the first phase’s expensive construction.
Dear Governor Shumlin,
The gas pipeline project, proposed to run through Vermont and end at New York’s International Paper company, is not a project for Vermont citizens. Not only being wildly over budget, the first phase of the pipeline has already threatened Vermont homes and land. Action must be taken now to stop the second phase of the project from potentially destroying and contaminating Lake Champlain.
Lake Champlain houses a variety of aquatic species as well as provides crucial habitat for migratory birds. Two hundred thousand people rely on the lake for drinking water and even more count on the lake for recreational purposes. A gas pipeline underneath such coveted waters can destroy water quality and cause millions in cleanup. Vermont has proven to be an environmental leader among the U.S. states. Fracking has been banned but the time is now to ban fracking infrastructure. Please take action to stop this pipeline project.
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