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Gas pipeline petition filed in Middlebury, a town meeting will be called

Posted on September 18, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury man on Sept. 11 filed a petition with more than enough signatures to force a special town meeting at which residents will weigh in on whether the community should charge Vermont Gas Systems for the pipeline easements it is seeking on town-owned property.

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Monkton blasting prompts call for another pipeline investigation

Posted on September 18, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MONKTON — Monkton resident Kristin Lyons is asking the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to investigate a blasting incident that affected her Monkton property in June 2016. Bristol attorney Jim Dumont filed the request with the PUC on Sept. 13.

Lyons says an investigation is necessary to hold the company accountable for not adhering to agreements set out in the Certificate of Public Good (CPG) authorizing construction of the Addison Natural Gas Project, the pipeline that is bringing natural gas from Colchester to Middlebury.

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Vermont Gas pipeline easements spur petition

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury resident is petitioning for a special town meeting he hopes will lead to Vermont Gas having to pay for the three easements it is seeking on town property to advance its natural gas pipeline, as opposed to receiving those easements for free.

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Vermont Gas fined $25,000 for destruction of rare sunflowers

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Mike Polhamus of VTDigger.org



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MONKTON — Vermont Gas Systems was fined $25,000 late last month by the Public Service Board for the destruction of a rare plant during the construction of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline into Addison County.

The penalty is in addition to a $33,687.50 fine that the state Environmental Court in December assessed against Vermont Gas for the same incident.

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Vermont Gas pipeline under fire again

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Mike Polhamus of VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — The Conservation Law Foundation has filed an appeal that will take Vermont Gas Systems to the state’s highest court in a fight over a 41-mile natural gas pipeline that’s already in service.

In the appeal filed April 27, the conservation group is challenging the Public Service Board’s decision not to re-evaluate the pipeline’s permit.

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Natural gas now flowing into Middlebury

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas on Wednesday, April 12, officially turned on the spigot to its 41-mile Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline, sending its product to an initial four corporate users in Middlebury’s Industrial Park.

The launch comes after more than six years of planning, protests and a still-pending case before the Vermont Supreme Court through which the plaintiffs are challenging the legality of Vermont Gas’s move to bury its pipeline under Hinesburg’s Geprags Park.

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Pipeline foes trying a new venue for appeal

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Bristol attorney Jim Dumont believes his latest salvo against Vermont Gas Systems’ Addison Natural Gas Project has the potential to stop the pipeline in its tracks.

Dumont asserts that the 41-mile natural gas pipeline being built from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes is a distribution project and hence belongs under the Act 250 land development umbrella; not a transmission project, which would rightfully be overseen by the Public Service Board.

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Federal judge rules that PSB hearings must remain open to the public

Posted on August 3, 2016 |
By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org



VERMONT — An ongoing dispute over whether Vermont Gas can install a natural gas pipeline through a park in Hinesburg is the last obstacle the company faces as it seeks to install a 41-mile line from Williston to Middlebury.

A court decision and several legal actions made in the past few days could have an impact on how the project proceeds.

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Protesters vow to block pipeline on Friday

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline that is being laid from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes said on Thursday that they will block construction of the pipeline on Friday morning.

The activist group Rising Tide Vermont sent out a press release saying that Friday’s action will take place along the pipeline route in Addison County but did not give specifics.

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Regulator won't reconsider its OK of natural gas pipeline

Posted on January 10, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday said it would not reconsider the permission it had already granted to Vermont Gas Systems to build a 43-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

Opponents of the so-called “Addison Natural Gas Project” had requested that the regulator reconsider the Certificate of Public Good it had granted to Vermont Gas in December 2013 because the projected price of the pipeline had jumped 78 percent.

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