VermontUnited, a grassroots group working to alert citizens that Vermont’s safety and environment are not negotiable, is holding what it has dubbed the ‘Reckless Rail Rally’ on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 2:00pm. The march is designed to bring people together to halt the construction of a huge industrial freight and trucking complex currently being built by Vermont Rail Systems on the banks of the LaPlatte River nature area. The rally aims to raise awareness of the statewide threat from the largely unregulated freight rail industry.
The rally commences at Shelburne community school. Organizers are asking marchers to bring pots, pans and the like, to bang on “casserole” style as they march down Harbor Road to the Town Green. The event there will feature speakers, food, and music. The rally will end at 3:00pm.
Neely Fortune, the current Miss Vermont USA, is one of the featured speakers. Ms. Fortune has a degree in Wildlife Biology from UVM, and speaks passionately about environmental issues. She will be joined by Gary von Stange, an attorney and Chair of the Shelburne Selectboard; Dr. Lydia Clemmons, an international public health expert, Charlotte resident and member of Citizens for Responsible Railroads; and John Tatlock, a senior at the Lake Champlain Waldorf High School.
“This rally is happening because the community needs to be heard,” says Roberta Nubile of VermontUnited. “Everyone is welcome and we hope to see lots of students, families, and neighbors.”
Vermont Rail Services could not be reached for comment.
VermontUnited’s mission is to unite stakeholders and ensure that the safety, environment, and communities of Vermont are never put at risk by lack of oversight and regulations governing rail freight and all associated rail operations in our state. For more information, visit: VermontUnited.org