Citizen Group Taking on Vermont Gas Pipeline Project Includes Rachel Smolker

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Rachel Smolker

BiofuelWatch co-director Rachel Smolker was recently interviewed for a piece for Vermont Public Radio titled, Hinesburg Residents Prepare To Fight Vermont Gas Over Wetland Clearcut.

Smolker is part of a citizen group that recently secured legal standing to fight Vermont Gas Systems on the company’s effort to build a pipeline through a town park. The pipeline would devastating a rich ecosystem, which includes state-designated wetlands.

Rachel Smolker is part of the citizen group as well, and she doesn’t think the pipeline should be built at all. She says reading about the hydraulic fracking process used to harvest natural gas, as well as about the role of methane in climate change, was enough to get her involved.

“We don’t want any more fracking, we don’t any more fossil fuel infrastructure,” she said. “We need to change the way we’re doing things, and we cannot afford to sit back and let these things just kind of roll on through.”

Smolker is a co-director of Biofuelwatch, and an organizer with Energy Justice Network. She has researched, written and organized extensively on the impacts of biofuels and bioenergy on land use, forests, biodiversity, food, people and the climate. She also works with various coalitions including the Mobilization for Climate Justice, Climate Justice, Now and others opposing market-based solutions to climate change and other “false solutions.”

Read the full article, which features an audio report, here. 

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