The meeting seemed set up to stifle comment from the get-go, largely by having powerless people in charge of the situation. Not only our city but apparently the state is firmly under the grips of the gas lobby. After 12 plus weeks of field trips and research not a single topic was focused towards the impact of fracturing shale rock beneath our city in terms of health or our rights as citizens of a tax-paying democracy to protect it.
This is a practice to obtain fuel that puts our water, our land, our health at such risk that Vermonts state legislature signed into effect a three year ban on fracking. Yet issues of actual concern to local citizens were put at a backseat to supposed "benefits".
A step in the wrong direction, the saddest part was how well orchestrated the procession has been to, once again, take our land.
" A Flagrant Disgrace"
I'm dissapointed in the Independent. Of the dozens of letters the editors must sort every day, to put in the rantings of a disgruntled loon is remarkable. I don't sit on the street-corners listening to the crazy people preach, I'd like to not see it in what was once a respectable newspaper.
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