Demonstrators protest rail facility project in Shelburne


SHELBURNE, VT. >> Demonstrators gathered in Shelburne over the weekend to protest a forthcoming rail facility set to be constructed along the LaPlatte River in the northwest Vermont town.

Sunday's protest saw residents brave the rain in a march to Shelburne's town hall for a rally to voice concerns about the potential negative environmental impact of Vermont Rail System's salt transfer and storage facility project.

The town filed a lawsuit against the railroad earlier this year, citing various questions about the project ranging from traffic issues to the vulnerability of nearby wetlands. Shelburne officials have long claimed that Vermont Rail System could be more transparent.

Railroad officials say they plan to mitigate the town's concerns by strictly adhering to environmental standards.

A grassroots community organization, Vermont United, was responsible for planning the rally.


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