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For Immediate Release

Julie Macuga, 350VT Extreme Energy Organizer, 802-238-5777,

Maeve McBride, Director 350VT, 802-999-2820,

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


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

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

350 is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis. We're an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.