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’s 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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    PSB puts off review of Phase II of natural gas pipeline

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

    The Public Service Board has delayed technical hearings on Vermont Gas’ plan to extend natural gas to the International Paper mill in New York until January as it reviews Phase I of the project.

    Proposed solar arrays spark concern in New Haven

    South Burlington's new twenty-five acre solar farm promises to generate a reported 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the state, enough to power roughly 450 homes. VTD/Eric Blokland

    A solar-energy developer wants to build two large installations in New Haven. Some local residents are concerned about the potential aesthetic impact.

    Two arrested at Vermont Gas pipeline project

    Raymond Micklon (center) and David Przepioski, both of Craftsbury Common, locked their necks together in an eight-foot-deep ditch Monday to protest the Vermont Gas pipeline extension through Addison County. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Two members of the group Rising Tide Vermont were arrested Tuesday after locking their necks together in an attempt to stop work on a natural gas pipeline project in Williston.

    Nutrient trading proposed as an option for reducing Lake Champlain pollution

    Vermont Organics Reclamation cropped

    Vermont Organics Reclamation buys on average 20 percent of a farm’s manure and pays farmers between $6 to $8 per cubic yard. The soils and fertilizer is sold to growers in cities.

    Heat pumps seen as another tool in energy efficiency kit

    Heat pump exterior unit. Courtesy of SunCommon

    More utilities and business promote the improved technology as a way to offset the cost of propane- and oil-fired furnaces.

    Vermont Supreme Court clears PSB to reconsider Vermont Gas pipeline

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

    Public Service Board has 30 days to decide whether to reevaluate the project, and will then have 30 days to decide how it will do so.

    Vermont Gas plans ‘virtual pipeline’ by year’s end

    Vermont Gas building

    As construction continues on a pipeline to Middlebury, Vermont Gas plans a temporary system to serve three commercial customers.

    State receives $78,000 check for GMO defense fund

    Products containing genetically modified ingredients would have to disclose that information on the back of the package near the nutritional facts under Vermont’s bill. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Donation from the issue advocacy organization SumOfUs pushes total contributions to $300,000. Money will be used to defend the state’s GMO labeling law from a lawsuit brought by national food producers.

    Yankee decommissioning panel appointed

    Gov. Peter Shumlin and lawmakers Tuesday announced the appointment of six members to a committee to oversee the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Entergy Corp. announced last year it would close the nuclear power plant in Vernon for economic reasons by the end of 2014. The 19-member Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel […]

    BED corrects billing errors for largest customers

    Burlington City Hall. Photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger

    The Burlington Electric Department overcharged the city of Burlington and the University of Vermont by more than $2 million over the past decade.

    Auditor urges PSB to make transcripts more affordable

    Weary members of the Public Service Board (from left) David Coen, James Volz and John Burke. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

    Investigation finds that the price of obtaining documents transcribed by third-party vendor limits Vermonters’ access to public records. PSB seeking solution.

    PSB may reconsider Vermont Gas pipeline permit

    Another sign in opposition to the project. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

    Increase in cost estimates for pipeline expansion in Addison County could lead to a regulatory review of the company’s certificate of public good.

    Vermont Gas invokes eminent domain in pipeline expansion

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

    Company moves to condemn four properties along its natural gas pipeline route, three in Williston and one in St. George.

    Vermont dairy farmers urged to sign up for federal insurance plan

    Dairy cows munch hay at the Fairmont Farms dairy farm in East Montpelier. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The federal government is now accepting applications for a new dairy industry insurance program designed to limit farmers’ losses when feed prices rise or milk prices fall.

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