Town and Vermont Railway back in court

Town and Vermont Railway back in court

Whose intermodal project is this? Vermont Railway’s or Barrett Trucking’s? That is the fundamental question that District Judge William K. Sessions III is evaluating, as testimony continues this week in U.S. District Court in Burlington in the Vermont Railway v. Town of Shelburne case. This latest hearing is a result of Judge Sessions’s ruling in… Read More »

Vermont Railway v. Shelburne and the upcoming election — Gary von Stange

Two significant points respond to questions raised regarding the Vermont Railway litigation. First, recent Court decisions favorable to the Town provide strong reason to be optimistic that we are close to a positive outcome. Second, the Selectboard has acted in accordance with what can only be characterized as a Town mandate. One thousand people signed… Read More »

Vermont Railway receives permit for stormwater runoff

Vermont Railway receives permit for stormwater runoff

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has approved Vermont Railway’s application for a permit to discharge stormwater runoff into the LaPlatte River from its Transload Facility on Catamount Road in Shelburne. The Nov. 21 ruling follows a public hearing held in Shelburne on Oct. 13, where more than 50 concerned citizens voiced their concerns and… Read More »

Vermont Railway stormwater discharge hearing tonight

Vermont Railway’s transload facility has been the topic of much conversation during recent months. Another step in its process forward will take place tonight when it is the subject of a public hearing. In July, the railway had submitted an application to the Watershed Management Division of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for… Read More »

Town files request for hearing on Vermont Railway stormwater discharge plans

Town files request for hearing on Vermont Railway stormwater discharge plans

Shelburne Town Manager Joe Colangelo filed a request with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation requesting a public hearing regarding a stormwater discharge plan filed by Vermont Railway on July 8. The rail company’s documents outline plans to discharge stormwater into Shelburne Bay via the LaPlatte River. The town’s concerns focus on possible increased levels… Read More »

Vermont Railways wins in court

Vermont Railways wins in court

The US District Court handed down a decision in the Vermont Railway vs. Shelburne case last week, finding that federal law permits Vermont Railway to continue development of its rail facility in Shelburne. The railway is moving forward with its plans to build a transmodal facility on its 32-acre site next to the LaPlatte River.… Read More »

Shelburne vs Vermont Railway hearing ends

Shelburne vs Vermont Railway hearing ends

The US District Court trial pitting the town of Shelburne against Vermont Railway ended on Friday, May 20. Judge William K. Sessions gave lawyers for both parties ten days to submit any further legal memoranda they want considered in the case. After he receives all that information he will make his decision on whether or… Read More »

Hearings and legislation continue in Vermont Railway case

Shelburne residents continue to be concerned about Vermont Railway’s plan to erect an intermodal facility on the parcel west of Harbor Industries. Vermont Railway claims federal preemption regarding local permits, but that is very much a matter of contention. At the March 7 hearing of Vermont Railway, Inc. v. The Town of Shelburne, the court… Read More »

No thank you Vermont Railway

I am in opposition to the Vermont Railway development for many reasons. As chair of the Shelburne Community School school board, my main concern is the safety of kids. The increased train and truck traffic exposes kids walking and biking to and from school to increased danger. This increased traffic increases fire and emergency response… Read More »

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