VermontUnited--Help us Win This!
Organized by: Vermont United
In late December Vermont Rail System purchased 42 acres of LaPlatte watershed, by mid January they had clear cut 19 acres right down to the banks of the river. This was done without notice and without any of the permitting all other businesses would have to have submitted. They claimed Federal Preemption. This presumption is being challenged in court by the Town of Shelburne. It is also be challenged in the "court" of public opinion by VermontUnited and its supporters.
This is spectacularly inappropriate site for what could be the third largest salt storage facility in the nation. It is on the banks of a river that floods, it is upstream from protected Class 1 Wetlands, it is upstream from Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain, the 6th largest fresh water lake in the USA is the crown jewel of the area, an economic driver for Vermont, New York, and Canada, and source of drinking water for tens of thousands of people. Were this facility to be deluged as the weather patterns are in great flux and fierce storm events are happening more often, it would spell disaster for the entire LaPlatte marsh ecosystem, and Lake Champlain. And, this is but one example of VRS's total disregard for communities and their physical surroundings. One needs to look no further than Charlotte to see another example, and they abound all around the state.
Please help us as we continue to pursue our mission to unite stakeholders to ensure the safety, environment, and community of Vermont are not put at risk by lack of oversight and regulations of rail freight operations around the State.
Make a tax deductible contribution today!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Meade
We aim to be change leaders and see Shelburne as being a role model for other towns who find their safety and environment threatened. We will continue to work to ensure meaningful change is made and that safeguards and regulations are put in place to prioritize public safety and the environment rather than rail for profit.
Where will the money from this fundraiser go?
- To assist us in extending our outreach to the citizens of Vermont and getting information out about the roots of the issues, and look for meaningful change.
- To continue to work with our representatives in the State legislature, and State Agencies to find ways to protect Vermonters from irresponsible rail operations.
- Support to the town as they continue their legal case challenging the presumption of full preemption from all state and local permitting requirements.
100% of your contributiongoes towards this effort. (excluding Crowdrise Fees)
If you would prefer to pay by check:
Make payable to: "Preservation Trust of Vermont" and note "VermontUnited" in the memo
Mail to: 104 Church St. #21 Burlington, VT 05401