The Rise of Vermont’s Fracked Gas Battle: Communities Organize Against Pipeline Plans

Nate and Jane Palmer’s farm sits in a clay plain basin adjacent to one of the many wetlands in Monkton, Vermont. Jane recalls the controversy when Vermont Gas first announced its intention to construct a gas pipeline down the western side of the state, a route which would require a right-of-way through the center of Monkton. “We thought it was a dumb idea that would undermine alternative energy efforts,” she says.