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Vermont Gas admits it kept regulators in the dark on pipeline cost increase

Posted on March 14, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — Vermont Gas Systems officials last year knew the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline through Addison County would cost much more than anticipated, but waited more than five months to tell regulators — even after the Department of Public Service requested that it do so.

This information came to light in recent testimony by Vermont Gas executives in a Public Service Board proceeding to determine whether the company violated board procedure by not providing timely cost updates for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.

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Phase I cost hike, Phase II cancellation could be bad news for Vt. Gas ratepayers

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — As regulators sort through the fallout of Vermont Gas Systems’ decision last week to cancel its application for its Phase II pipeline and announcement in December of a massive cost hike for Phase I, opponents of the pipeline warn that both events will significantly raise the burden ratepayers will be asked to bear for the Phase I project.

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Regulators, Vt. Gas gird for newest court battle

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems, opponents of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline and state regulators have all filed briefs attempting to influence how the Public Service Board conducts an investigation into the project’s second multi-million-dollar cost hike.

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Pipeline opponents ask PSB to investigate December pipeline cost hike

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The three members of the Public Service Board may have had a bout of déjà vu Monday afternoon. That’s when, as expected, opponents of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project formally asked the board to investigate a second major cost hike announced by the company for Phase I of the pipeline.

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State aims to update renewable energy policies

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONTPELIER — The Department of Public Service in December announced it will make changes to the state’s renewable energy program in an attempt to encourage solar growth while protecting ratepayers.

With the Legislature in its upcoming session also likely to update laws that encourage more renewable energy in the Green Mountain State, Vermonters can expect to see continuing efforts to nurture solar power in 2015, though with a slightly different flavor.

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PSB declines to alter Phase I pipeline approval, details future rate hike

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Friday decided not to reopen the Certificate of Public Good it issued Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, allowing construction of the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes to continue.

The state utilities regulator also detailed an increased burden on Vermont Gas Systems ratepayers, who will ultimately pay for the pipeline project.

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Some states have property rights advocates — why doesn't Vermont?

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — For months, landowners along the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline route have asked state regulators to provide them with legal help to negotiate easements with Vermont Gas Systems.

The Office of the Attorney General does not represent private citizens, and many landowners feel the Department of Public Service has not offered adequate legal support, leaving them with few resources to represent their best interests.

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Monkton residents lobby for soil testing

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — Does soil along the VELCO power line route in Monkton contain unsafe levels of a hazardous chemical, and if so, who is responsible for cleaning it up?

Those questions were the subject of a meeting among a dozen Monkton residents and representatives from the departments of Public Service, Health and Environmental Conservation, as well as VELCO on the evening of Aug. 7 at the Monkton Firehouse.

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Vermont Gas reverses course, announces cost increase for Phase II pipeline

Posted on August 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems reversed course Friday and announced that it will increase the projected cost of Phase II of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.

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Vermont Gas stands by Phase II pipeline cost estimate

Posted on July 21, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Weeks after announcing a hefty cost jump for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Pipeline project, Vermont Gas Systems on Thursday said it wouldn’t amend cost projections the company submitted to the Public Service Board for Phase II of the project that would extend the pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

 “We don’t have any plans to do that,” company spokesman Steve Wark said.

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