Rising Tide Vermont

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A group of protestors that call themselves the People’s Department of Environmental Justice showed up at Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia’s home Wednesday morning and set up a fake hydraulic fracturing tower in his driveway.

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Hundreds joined a Saturday demonstration against the Vermont Gas Systems Addison County pipeline outside the state office building that houses Vermont’s utility regulators. A leader in the group says about 20 protestors camped out Saturday and Sunday nights before three were arrested Monday morning.

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When I met Sara Mehalick in late May, she had a bike lock around her neck.

She'd chained herself to the front door of the Vermont Gas Systems headquarters building in South Burlington.

"I'm here today in defense of a livable planet and because the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure like the proposed fracked gas pipeline is really the exact opposite direction that we need to be going," she said at the time.