Shumlin’s pipeline inconsistency
To Gov. Peter Shumlin:
I was very disappointed yesterday to receive your reply to my letter of April 10 regarding the similarities between the failed Champlain pipeline project of the 1980s and the current Vermont Gas Systems Addison-Rutland expansion project. The letter I received in response was the same cut-and-paste text that was sent to me in November of last year regarding entirely different questions about the project. This indicates that this letter was not taken seriously.
I asked you to respond to a direct question. In Middlebury on March 24, you said that if the behavior of Vermont Gas Systems was similar to that of Champlain Pipeline you would not support the project. You opposed the Champlain pipeline. I provided you with an article from 1989 reminding you of the details of Champlain Pipeline’s behavior: poor communication, trespass on private land, misrepresentations of fact, the use of an artificial deadline to rush permitting. These are the same tactics VGS has used, and it’s not surprising — the corporate players behind the scenes are in fact the same. My question was: Given the actions outlined in the article, how are these behaviors different?
I attach to this email a PDF of my original letter and links to the two articles it references. I am copying members of the press on this email, because I feel this issue needs to be brought to the attention of the public. You should withdraw your support for this project given the problematic behavior of Vermont Gas Systems.