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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    State recommends $35,000 fine for Vermont Gas cost overrun

    Vermont Gas Systems' South Burlington offices. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The Department of Public Service is recommending that state regulators order Vermont Gas to pay a $35,000 fine for the delayed announcement of a 40 percent cost increase to the company’s pipeline extension. The Public Service Board approved Vermont Gas’ 41-mile natural gas pipeline extension through Addison County in December. The company announced this month […]

    Utility solar project seeks to snag the last rays of sunshine

    A solar panel and battery storage system at Northern Reliability’s test center in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Vermont Electric Co-op takes advantage of low-cost solar panels to capture solar energy from the south and west without trackers.

    Story and video: Demonstrators attempt to stop work on gas pipeline project

    Natural gas pipeline opponents blocked the front entrance to Vermont Gas’ staging area in Williston on Wednesday morning. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    About a dozen people staged a sit-in at a staging site for Vermont Gas’ natural gas pipeline extension Wednesday in Williston. The demonstrators left after about an hour.

    State explores changes in threshold for noise from wind projects

    Members of the Vermont Public Service Board pass through a rally in Montpelier ahead of workshop to discuss the health effects of wind turbine noise Tuesday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Science and perception collide as residents claim stress factors from living near large wind turbines.

    Nine towns awarded grants for solar projects

    Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the latest grants for renewable energy projects Tuesday at Northern Reliability’s facilities in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Waitsfield receives $80,000 for installation on town offices as part of governor’s “solar tour.”

    Vermont Gas begins planning on Rutland phase of pipeline expansion

    The state’s natural gas utility announced Monday it will begin planning for the third phase of its pipeline extension through Addison County to Rutland. Vermont Gas is exploring routes that would connect a proposed pipeline from the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York, to Rutland. The company aims to bring natural gas to Rutland […]

    Private donations boost GMO legal defense kitty to $160,000

    Jerry Greenfield and Gov. Peter Shumlin unveil "Food Fight Fudge Brownie" outside the Ben & Jerry's scoop shop on Church Street in Burlington. Photo by Anne Galloway and Minnesota couple contribute $50,000 each to help the state defend its GMO labeling law. Cost could reach $8 million.

    NRC says long-term dry cask storage of spent fuel is safe

    A nuclear spent fuel storage pool. NRC photo

    New study by the federal nuclear regulative body says structures designed to store spent nuclear fuel can withstand natural disasters and the risk of terrorist attack is unlikely.

    PSB halts Vermont Gas pipeline project along VELCO route

    The Vermont Public Service Board late Friday ordered Vermont Gas to halt construction of its natural gas pipeline extension along certain sections of the proposed route until the company submits a soil management plan. Pipeline opponents say construction in the VELCO transmission line corridor will release a “hazardous” chemical lodged in the soil. The wood […]

    Barre awarded $1.6 million to recover from flood damage

    BARRE — The Granite City received $1.6 million in federal disaster recovery grants Thursday to repair damage caused by flooding. Pointing to a nearby flood-damaged foundation of a former dry cleaning site on Enterprise Alley, city and state officials said the majority of the money will be used to clean up the contaminated site and […]

    Environmentalists challenge Deerfield Wind in federal court

    A turbine at Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The U.S. Forest Service wants to allow Iberdrola to build a 15-turbine wind project in the Green Mountain National Forest.

    State accuses Dollar Tree of violating agreement on jewelry sales

    Vermont has sued the retail chain Dollar Tree for allegedly violating consumer protection laws prohibiting the sale of children’s products that may contain lead. The Virginia-based national discount chain agreed in 2010 to stop selling children’s jewelry products or other items containing lead above 300 parts per million. Lead is a chemical used to treat […]

    Vermont Gas customers join pipeline protest

    Andy Simon of Burlington and dozens of other natural gas pipeline opponents rallied at the Vermont Public Service Board offices Tuesday to call on regulators to reconsider Vermont Gas’ certificate of public good. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Groups opposing construction of a natural gas pipeline ask Public Service Board to reconsider its approval of the project, saying the company withheld cost increase.

    Public interest groups seek to help Vermont defend GMO labeling law

    Two consumer advocacy groups filed a motion in federal court Monday seeking to help the state defend a law that would require food manufacturers and retailers to label certain products containing genetically modified ingredients. The Center for Food Safety and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group are asking to intervene on behalf of the state […]

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