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BREAKING: Climate justice activists blockade Vermont Gas headquarters, drop banner from roof

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27 May 2014

 

BREAKING: Climate justice activists blockade Vermont Gas headquarters, drop banner from roof

 

Photos available here

 

South Burlington — Climate justice activists have blockaded the main entrance to Vermont Gas’s headquarters and dropped a massive banner from the roof, demanding the company immediately cancel its plans to build the fracked gas pipeline.  A support rally is underway across the street from the headquarters and police are on scene.

 

Sara Mehalick, a resident of Plainfield, Vermont, has locked her neck to the main entrance of the building, effectively blockading the doors shut.  She released a statement about why she undertook today’s action:

 

Today I’m taking action because Vermont Gas is intent upon shackling our communities to fossil fuels, and condemning us to irreversible climate change.  We have a responsibility to the communities whose land, water, and air are being poisoned by fracking, and we’re determined to make sure that this fracked gas pipeline does not move forward.  Today we’re here to tell Vermont Gas to cancel their construction plans, or expect to see growing resistance.

 

Jonathan Shapiro, with Rising Tide Vermont, said “Climate change is already driving heat waves, torrential rains, and flooding in the Northeast, which is only predicted to worsen in the coming years. [1]  In this context of mounting climate crisis, building new fossil fuel infrastructure is an exercise in complete lunacy and must be stopped.”

 

Contact:

 

Keith Brunner, Rising Tide Vermont (on-site, photos and video available by request), 201.906.4484

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

 

1] For Northeast, a harsh vision of climate change 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/06/federal-report-details-dire-effects-climate-change-northeast/4x1ZDdDiHl8RvDX8nO4qOM/story.html

 

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