copyright the Chronicle February 26, 2014
Next week at Town Meeting four Orleans County towns will vote on a resolution that basically says they don’t want tar sands oil to be shipped through the Portland Pipeline’s Northeast Kingdom oil lines. They are Albany, Glover, Westmore, and Charleston.
Unfortunately, none of those towns are host to the pipeline and would not be directly affected by any such plan.
For years now, Vermont environmentalists have warned about the possibility of the flow of the lines being reversed and Canadian tar sands oil being shipped south and west through them from Alberta to Maine. For two years, 350 Vermont has attempted to show opposition by persuading towns to adopt resolutions at Town Meeting.
Although their efforts were a bit more organized this year, they still seem to be inept at best. One of the towns that would be most severely affected by any oil spill is Barton, yet that town will not be voting this year on a tar sands resolution.