• Activists set to protest in skeleton costumes
     | January 24,2013

    MONTPELIER – Climate activists dressed up in skeleton costumes plan to swarm the intersection of State and Main streets between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday.

    The group plans to bang pots and pans, chant and carry signs. They are protesting piplines, tar sands and fracking.

    Vermont Gas has advanced with plans to build a natural gas pipeline under Lake Champlain. The Trailbreaker project has proposed carrying tar sands, which can be processed and refined into oil, from Montreal across the Northeast Kingdom to the Maine coast. The local group is also taking issue with the Keystone XL Pipeline, which hopes to make a line active by 2015 from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska.

    “We must do everything possible to stop the fossil fuel industry before it’s too late,” Plainfield resident Heidi Wilson said in a news release.

    The effort is part of a series of events taking place in the Northeast this week.

    Local, national, and international groups, such as 350.org, Rising Tide Vermont, Tar Sands Blockade, and the Idle No More movement, are inspiring people to resist these pipeline projects and the fossil fuel industrial complex in general. The groups are also advocating for community control of energy resources and community sovereignty.

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