The Vermont Senate has delayed action on a bill toughening environmental reviews over possible changes in the use of a crude oil pipeline after the state's leading business law firm sent a letter outlining potential legal problems if the bill were to become law.
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not responding to its petition to grant endangered species status to the Bicknell’s thrush. The rare songbird is only found on mountaintops in northern New England, the Adirondacks and eastern Canada during the summer, and a few Caribbean islands in winter.
The Vermont Senate is delaying a debate about a measure that one side says aims to strengthen reviews of ridge-top wind power projects, and the other says would bring development of renewable energy in the state to a halt.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law changes to the pension system allowing judges to order public employees to forfeit some, or all, of their pensions if they are convicted of certain financial crimes.