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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    T-Mobile to pay Vermont $1 million to settle ‘cramming’ charges

    BURLINGTON — About 500 T-Mobile customers in Vermont may be eligible for a refund following a national consumer protection settlement totalling at least $90 million, the Vermont Attorney General announced on Friday. The cell phone carrier has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission over the placement of unauthorized charges on […]

    Cost of Vermont Gas pipeline project jumps to $154 million

    Don Rendall, incoming president and CEO for Vermont Gas, announced the latest cost increase to build a natural gas through Addison County at the company’s South Burlington headquarters on Friday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The company planning a 41-mile natural gas pipeline expansion in Addison County announced Friday that the project will cost $154 million. It is the second time this year that Vermont Gas has dramatically raised the estimate.

    New York joins Vermont in fracking ban

    Paul Burns, executive director of VPIRG, holds up a photo of a fracking operation. VTDigger staff photo.

    The state of New York has banned hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. The state’s top health official said it would be “reckless” to allow fracking without more research on its environmental effects.

    Utilities to reduce solar credit; solar industry unworried

    Solar panels on the McKnight Farm in East Montpelier make use of the state's net metering program. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    A new state law will allow more state residents to join “net metering” programs, but will slightly reduce the value of the energy credits they receive. Solar installers say the industry is robust enough to thrive even with the reduction.

    Conservation Law Foundation appeals state decision in an effort to stem manure runoff into the Missisquoi

    Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger

    After Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross refused to require best practices on farms near Missisquoi Bay, the Conservation Law Foundation has asked the state Environmental Court to step in. CLF’s Vermont chief Chris Kilian says the Missisquoi watershed is in “horrific” shape, and farm runoff is the primary culprit.

    Vermont rivers win federal recognition

    Wild and scenic rivers

    The Upper Missisquoi and Trout rivers will be added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system. The designation makes towns eligible to apply for federal funding for projects along these rivers. Or, towns can choose to leave the rivers untouched.

    State pursues disaster aid after snowstorm

    A tree trunk lays across power lines. Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Power

    Vermont asks FEMA to help determine whether the state qualifies for public assistance disaster aid after last week’s storm left thousands without power.

    Administration prepared to scrap SPEED program

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

    The Department of Public Service says a system such as a renewable portfolio standard would better meet the state’s energy goals than the current voluntary system.

    ‘Eat More Kale’ artist wins trademark battle

    Bo Muller-Moore, a Vermont artist who trademarked the “Eat More Kale” slogan, announced his legal success during a news conference on the Statehouse steps  Friday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Bo Muller-Moore has won a trademark for his “Eat More Kale” T-shirts. His application had been opposed by Chick-Fil-A, a national fast food chain, which had argued that Muller-Moore’s shirts infringed on its slogan, “Eat Mor Chikin.”

    Vermont GMO law in Congressional crosshairs

    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

    A bill before Congress would block GMO labeling laws like Vermont’s, and instead impose national standards. A Vermont lawmaker went before a Congressional committee this week to urge them to drop the bill.

    State okays Waterbury Dam with new management plan

    The state has re-certified the Waterbury Dam, on the condition that the Waterbury Reservoir feeding the dam be kept at consistent summer-time water levels year round. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issued a water quality certification for Green Mountain Power’s hydroelectric dam on Friday. The dam management plan is intended to match the natural […]

    Power outages may linger into weekend

    A line worker for New England Tree Experts trims trees around a single-phase distribution line in Warren on Thursday after the second wave of this week's winter storms. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The water density of this week’s storm was a surprise, state and utility officials say. According to Roger Hill, a professional meteorologist in Worcester, the water to snow ratio where he is located was 5 to 1. He said this is unusually wet and more common in coastal areas.

    Report: Changes needed to meet renewable energy goals

    Green Mountain Power’s 21-turbine wind project on Lowell Mountain. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The state aims to get 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050. But a new report says Vermont will fall short unless new policies are put in place.

    Entergy will seek loan for spent fuel costs

    Spent fuel rod storage containers at  Vermont Yankee. File photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer

    The owner of Vermont Yankee will not dip into the decommissioning fund to pay for initial spent fuel storage after closing this month, but still plans to do so for other spent fuel costs.

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