• Support grassroots activism
    June 25,2013

    Support grassroots activism

    As a board member of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, I appreciate Howard Fairman’s recognition of our good work in supporting citizen activism (“Activism is often self-interest,” June 19).

    However, Mr. Fairman is wrong or misinformed about our involvement in the Vermont Gas Systems gas pipeline project in Addison County. VCE has been working with community members along the pipeline route since December 2012 to balance the situation of a developer running roughshod over the rights of landowners and communities.

    Contrary to Mr. Fairman’s implication that citizen involvement creates an image of Vermont as “anti-business,” VCE’s advocacy of the “stake-holder process” of co-operative planning brings results that are satisfactory to all parties involved. The expansion of the J.P. Carrara gravel pit in East Middlebury is a good example of how this can work. You can read more about the VGS controversy and the Carrara gravel pit expansion in the archives of local newspapers.

    We invite Mr. Fairman and others to find out more about Vermonters for a Clean Environment at our website www.vce.org, and to join us us in our support of grassroots activism around the state of Vermont.

    David P. Wright

    Middletown Springs

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