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  •  Waaaay back in the 1980s, a company from Alberta (6+ / 0-)

    Canada had a pipeline plan that extended diagonally down across VT and from there across a tiny corner of NH. It was pretty much a done deal, until a local oilman from VT actually came knocking at our door, upset about the competition.
         That was his motivation, but I still thank him for bringing it to our attention in the neighborhood it was about to go through, because then I was prepared and understood what was going on when they showed up here. The oil people walked through my property and flagged trees, etc. without asking, then showed me paperwork that said they could do whatever the hell they wanted for a mile & 1/2 on either side of the line they had marked. That pretty much covered the space from my property to the Connecticut River.
         The oil people lied to my neighbor the logger, saying they were from the USGS, but for whatever reason they told the truth to the local housewives.
         Long story short, such a fuss was made locally that far away investors got scared and pulled their money out of the project, collapsing it at the last moment. So I always encourage the local movements, (recently I went on a motorcycle through the NY area with all the anti-fracking signs-really brought home to me how this is never over.)
         The other thing they lied about was the brilliant quote, "these things never blow up"...they said, as they designed it to go under the playground of a local elementary school, and told me that I shouldn't worry 'cause there was a shutoff valve somewhere near Keene (about 30 miles away). I wasn't impressed though, since we once had a train derailment at night that dumped diesel fuel in the river and all the local radio stations were Clear Channel set on a timer so there was no one home to do breaking news.

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