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Julie Macuga, 350VT Extreme Energy Organizer, 802-238-5777, resist@350vt.org

Maeve McBride, Director 350VT, 802-999-2820, Maeve@350vt.org

VT Climate Movement to Call for Ban on Any New Pipelines at Public Hearing

Advocates reject new fossil fuel infrastructure and the use of eminent domain

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What: This evening, 350Vermont and allies will testify at a public hearing before the House Energy and Technology Committee. Several bills will be discussed, including H.51, which would ban the construction of any new large-scale fossil fuel infrastructure in Vermont, and. H.175 which would ban the use of eminent domain to construct fossil fuel projects. Climate activists say these bills are critical to move Vermont towards a just and sustainable future. This comes weeks after 100+ Vermonters participated in a five-day walk to the state capitol for climate action.

Rep. Mary Sullivan, who introduced H.51, said of the legislation, “If fossil fuel pipelines are still allowed to be built we will be strapping ratepayers for years to come with the cost of this infrastructure. We desperately need to be moving to renewable energy - both for our economy and our planet. Let’s not leave Vermont behind.”

Where: Montpelier State House, Room 11; 115 State St, Montpelier, VT 05633

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When: TONIGHT, 5-7pm April 23, 2019

Who: 350Vermont, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, and Environmental students from UVM and Middlebury College

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