Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, May 5, 2010

Vermont Law School - VLS Clinic Helps Tribal Group Win Victory in Natural Gas Dispute
With the aid of Vermont Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC), a group of Passamaquoddy Tribe members in Maine has won a major victory in its efforts to prevent construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal on its land.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on Friday cancelled the tribe's land-lease contract with an Oklahoma-based company, Quoddy Bay LNG, in the wake of the company's failure to comply with the 2005 lease and the tribe's decision in June 2009 to terminate the lease. The BIA notified the tribe and the ENRLC on Monday of its decision.
VLCT 2010 Development Review Volunteers Summer Retreat:
Join fellow volunteer local land use decision-makers in the Development Review Volunteers’ Summer Retreat at Ohana Camp on June 18 and 19, 2010. Or sponsor one of your local volunteers to show your appreciation for the time he or she devotes to your community. Inspired by the Vermont Law School Land Use Institute’s 2009 Planning Commissioners’ Retreat, this event will focus on legal and technical training along with a fun celebration of volunteerism.

Workshops will be highly interactive and incorporate feedback with knowledgeable speakers from Vermont Law School, VLCT, and other statewide trainers. The workshops will feature leadership building, timely topics, and best practices in development review. Topics include Promoting More Energy Efficient Communities, Basic Ethics in Local Land Use Decisions, The Developers Perspective, and Pushing That Density. Scenarios will be modeled after rural small towns rather than urban settings.
Race To Replace VT Yankee Takes Off! - It’s Getting Hot In Here
On April 30th, 2010, 50 or so students from across Vermont came together with clean energy advocates from across the state to urge the candidates for governor of Vermont to ensure that the aging, leaking Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is shut down on time in 2012 and replaced with 100% clean electricity. Our first big action in the Race to Replace Vermont Yankee was a massive bike mobilization that brought passionate advocates from Montpelier, the state capital, to Burlington, the biggest city in the state. Check out our video.
Federal boost for VEC upgrades - WCAX.COM
The electric grid across Vermont's Northeast Kingdom will be more storm resistant thanks to a grant delivered Wednesday by the federal government. The Vermont Electric Co-op is getting $11 million to upgrade is distribution system, install smart grid technology and expand broadband access across three northern counties.
Thetford beavers get a reprieve -
Targeted for termination, a family of beavers whose handiwork recently triggered flooding that undermined a road in Thetford have been given a reprieve.