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Pipeline opponents take aim at 'fracking'

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Paul Burns Paul Burns
Steve Wark Steve Wark

A Vermont advocacy group says the proposed natural gas pipeline extension in the state needs to be stopped to stem the tide of fracking.

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group released a new report that they say shows the damage done nationwide by the drilling process known as fracking.

VPIRG made the announcement on the front lawn of Vermont Gas, which is in the process of seeking state approval to expand its pipeline south of Chittenden County.

Natural gas is often obtained by fracking.

"If we expand our reliance on natural gas for decades to come we're just locking in a fossil fuel technology that will cause environmental destruction somewhere else," said Paul Burns of VPIRG.

"We know that the hydraulic fracturing process of fracking natural gas is actually cleaner than the alternatives that are out there," said Steve Wark of Vermont Gas. "What we offer is choice. What he wants to do is take choices off the table and have Vermonters lock into what VPIRG's vision is."

Vermont Gas says their pipeline will mean affordable heating solutions for Addison and Rutland counties.

VPRIG says the money for the pipeline would be better spent focusing on renewable energy like solar and wind and weatherization.

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