Nov. 10: Vernon Public Hearing on Proposed Gas Plant

We will be attending a public meeting on November 10 in Vernon at 6:30pm at the elementary school. The Vernon Planning Commission will present its proposal for a gas plant to be located in Vernon, which will be connected to the fracked gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan through Massachusetts and New Hampshire. A pipeline would come from Northfield, MA to Vernon. Kinder Morgan has to prove to FERC (the feds) that there is a demand for the gas. A new gas plant in Vernon, creating a new market in Windham County, would help Kinder Morgan make that case.

A VtDigger article about the forum is re-posted on the No Fracked Gas in Mass website, which is also a good source of information about the pipeline, and alternatives.

At the meeting, we have been told that the general public will be allowed to comment after all Vernon residents are done talking. The chair of the Vernon Planning Commission is a familiar face: Patty O’Donnell, a goof friend to VT Yankee and formerly the Vernon selectboard chair, state rep, head of ALEC in Vermont, and lobbyist for Entergy in VT’s statehouse.


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