VT Gas pipeline protesters occupy governor’s office

Source: Vermont Digger

Hundreds of environmental protesters occupied the governor’s office on Monday, demanding that Gov. Peter Shumlin reverse his support for the natural gas pipeline through Addison County, and oppose any other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Vermont. State regulators approved the project last December, and the company began construction this summer.

The protesters danced, sang and played instruments to protest Vermont Gas’ 41-mile pipeline from Colchester south to Middlebury. They brought sheep, dogs and children. Some slipped past security and climbed the stairs to the fifth floor of the Pavilion Building.

Kathleen Tumulty, 16, told a 40-person crowd of high schoolers, college students and residents that she quit her job to stay at the protest. The Berlin resident said she enjoyed her job at Village Pizza, but ditched work for the movement.

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