Federal judge Barbier ordered Anadarko, a non-operated partner in the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico when in blew out in 2010, to pay a fine of $159 million for its role.

The Devil is in the Details

President Obama has declared that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. There is a lot to be aware of.  Our kids are fat and getting fatter.  Despite an increase in attention, advocacy, action and media spotlight directed at the problem and its attendant health risks, the needle hasn’t budged in the last year or so. …

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Macondo Well Flowing Again? Not Likely

Over the last several weeks, many have become concerned, based on reports of oil on the surface of the water near BP’s now P&A’d (plugged and abandoned) Macondo Well, concern has been growing that the well is now leaking oil.  I have been skeptical of such an occurrence, since properly plugged wells don’t do that,…

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Southern Vermont from the Air: Drying Out and Coming Back

About mid-day today, Gracie and I took an arial tour of the Woodstock area, following the Ottauquechee, White, and Connecticut rivers during our flight.  What struck us was the force of raging water and the damage it can do.  Around Bethel and South Royalton, we saw large landslides that had occured in the bends of…

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Saturday Morning Update: Woodstock Coming Back

This morning, I attended the daily town meeting at Woodstock, Vermont’s, town hall.  There was a briefing from Eric Wegner, vice president of Woodstock Aqueduct Company, who announced that all of the town, with a couple of exceptions, now had water; Wegner, haggard from this weeks challenges of repairing the major water main breach in…

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Woodstock, Vermont on NBC Nightly News Tonight

Woodstock was featured on NBC Nightly news tonight highlighting how our neighbors help each other through thick and thin.  Have a look: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  

On the Ground in Woodstock: Water Main Temporary Repair

I arrived in Woodstock this morning and immediately beat feet down into the village take in the scene and understand current conditions.  The great thing is that the village itself, ignoring the dozens of dump trucks rumbling by the Green, is relatively calm.  Water is back on in a good number of houses, but repairs…

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Water, Water, Glorious Water…But Let’s Share, Shall We?

This evening water pressure came to our house on College Hill in Woodstock.  I was on the phone with Gracie at the time, having myself just landed at LaGuardia in New York, on my way to Vermont.  She couldn’t get off the phone fast enough to take a hot shower after over 4 days of…

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