John Herrick

John Herrick

John Herrick joined VTDigger in June 2013 as an intern working on the searchable campaign finance database and is now VTDigger's energy and environment reporter. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. He wrote for the Vermont Cynic, university’s student newspaper, before interning and later freelancing for the Burlington Free Press.

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    House approves ban on microbeads

    A microbead we found in the Gulf of Maine in 2013. Photo courtesy Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean.

    In one of its first acts of the session, the Vermont House gave preliminary approval to bill banning the manufacture and sale of plastic beads used as exfoliants.

    NEK development officials vote to oppose large wind projects

    Economic development officials in the Northeast Kingdom recently voted against any new development of utility-scale wind projects in the region, citing concerns over community division. The executive committee for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association voted unanimously to recommend that the regional planning commission oppose future wind projects. The recommendation must be approved by the commission’s […]

    State: Farmers will be subject to pollution penalties

    Farmers St Albans

    In order to reduce runoff, Ross said farmers can use manure injection systems, plant cover crops during the off season and vegetative buffers between waterways, build fences to exclude livestock from waterways, or make improvements to barnyards, among other options.

    Reason for Burlington’s high gas prices unknown

    Chris Pearson

    Officials and area leaders push for answers as to why fuel prices soar in Chittenden County.

    Ag Secretary Chuck Ross cracks down on farm pollution

    Chuck Ross

    Following on Gov. Shumlin’s Lake Champlain-centered inaugural address, the administration moves to implement tight anti-water pollution policies.

    Lawmakers seek resolution in support of striking FairPoint workers

    About two dozen picketers and workers supporters gathered outside FairPoint offices in Montpelier on Wednesday where pizza, doughnuts and soda was served around a small fire pit. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    At least 62 lawmakers have signed a resolution supporting the workers in the contract dispute. A vote is set for Thursday.

    PSB seeks to reopen Vermont Gas permit

    Members of the Vermont Public Service Board, from left Margaret Cheney. James Volv and John Burke. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    State regulators ask Vermont Supreme Court to remand Vermont Gas’ permit due to another increases in cost estimates for the project.

    Shumlin proposes a timeout in current use program

    Jim Knapp of the Department of Taxes presented a proposal to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday to freeze the state’s current use program for three years. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    A three-year break in new enrollments in the popular land use program would boost education fund, administration says.

    Goddard College divests from fossil fuels

    Goddard College divested its endowment holdings in fossil fuel companies, the college announced this month, making it Vermont’s third educational institution to divest from the industry. At least 14 other colleges and universities have divested, including Sterling College and Green Mountain College, in an effort to pull financial capital away from the fossil fuel industry. […]

    Lawmakers move to ban plastic scrubbing beads

    A microbead we found in the Gulf of Maine in 2013. Photo courtesy Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean.

    Synthetic microbeads found in personal care products slip through treatment plants, endangering fish. Industry agrees with ban but seeks time to implement it.

    Administration begins action on water quality

    Rep. David Deen, D-Putney, chair of the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee, is working on a bill to regulate toxic chemicals found in consumer products. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    New regulations for farming practices is a centerpiece of the bill. The industry accounts for about 40 percent of phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain, according to EPA estimates.

    Pipeline construction costs more than double since first budget

    Sections of pipe are encased in cement at Vermont Gas' staging area in Williston. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The Public Service Board is still deciding whether to reconsider the $154 million project, which was approved last summer.

    Vergennes could face fine for sewage spill

    A pile of sludge at Burlington's waterfront wastewater treatment plant. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    A mechanical failure at a pump station in Vergennes dumped 12,700 gallons of untreated sewage into the Otter Creek on Sunday.

    Environmental groups back Shumlin on water quality plan

    Chris Kilian, Vermont director of the Conservation Law Foundation, joined a group of advocates backing Gov. Peter Shumlin’s plan on water quality at the Statehouse on Wednesday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Supporters say finding the money will be a challenge, but generally agree with Gov. Peter Shumlin’s inaugural goal of improving the quality of the state’s water bodies.

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