Middlebury College: Retract your statement of support for the Addison County "Natural" [Fracked] Gas Project.
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Middlebury College: Retract your statement of support for the Addison County "Natural" [Fracked] Gas Project.

    1. Cailey Cron
    2. Petition by

      Cailey Cron

      Middlebury, VT

We are a coalition of Middlebury College Staff, Faculty, Students, Alumni, and Community Members who stand in opposition to the Addison County Natural Gas project. The project will transport fracked gas from Alberta and continue Vermont’s and Middlebury College’s dependency on fossil fuels for the next half-century. We demand that Middlebury College meets our goals of carbon reduction through creating biomethane infrastructure separate from the Addison County Natural Gas project and continuing to invest in conservation efforts.

Many Vermonters in communities along the route have been voicing their concerns about the impact of the construction on their property, their water supplies, the local ecology and the climate. We are in solidarity with these communities, as well as those impacted by the damaging and irreversible effects of fracking at the point of extraction. This fossil fuel pipeline will impose on farmland, wetland, and residential properties, and provide few economic benefits to those directly affected.

We believe that Middlebury College can stand together with Vermonters, united by a vision of an equitable and sustainable energy future achieved through a just transition that focuses on creating skilled long-term jobs through energy efficiency services and weatherization, to reduce energy consumption overall.

As such, together we demand that Middlebury College publicly retract its statement of support from the Vermont Gas System’s filing to the Public Service Board and use its status as an intervener in the process to advocate for the interests of faculty, staff, students, alumni, administrators, and community members impacted by the short and long-term consequences of this project.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. The College is Listening.

      Cailey Cron
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone,

      We have reached over 1,000 signatures in just 7 days! A big thanks to all of you for signing on and for leaving comments. Many of you are mobilizing against the pipeline in other ways, as well. We're confident that our combined efforts will force the College to address community and environmental concerns about the pipeline, moving us one step closer to stopping this destructive project.

      President Ron Liebowitz, CFO Patrick Norton, and Director of Sustainability Integration, Jack Byrne, are aware of this growing petition, as is the student body; last night, the Student Government Association recommended that the College withdraw its support from the project. Students met with Jack Byrne yesterday and the message was clear: we have the College's attention.

      With that in mind, It is more important than ever that we continue to collect signatures, spread the word, and organize to stop this pipeline!

      In solidarity,
      Students at Middlebury College

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Enos SALEM, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      Stay frack-free in New England.

    • isaiah kiley CHARLOTTE, VT
      • about 1 year ago

      Risking the contamination of our most basic resources of clean water and air for the production of limited fuel is insane and completely irresponsible.

    • sally Lonegren GREENSBORO, VT
      • about 1 year ago

      Why are you even asking this question given the evidence?

      • about 1 year ago

      Adding fossil fuel infrastructure just prolongs our addiction & delays investment in clean energy. And an accident in or near the Lake Champlain portion would ruin the much-beloved central feature of this area.

    • Linda Martin MONKTON, VT
      • about 1 year ago

      It is too dirty, and the wrong direction for any community who proclaims to care about a better world for their children.


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