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Vermont Gas details cost hike reasons in PSB report

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — In a flurry of filings before the Public Service Board Thursday afternoon, Vermont Gas Systems detailed the cost drivers for the most recent budget increase for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.

Company executives argued that the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes still will bring significant economic benefits to the state, and asked regulators to allow the project to continue.

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Opinion: Cornwall shouldn't compromise

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Timothy Fisher



Editor’s note: The following was submitted as an open letter to the Cornwall selectboard.

First I want to thank you for the hundreds of hours of work you have put in trying to deal with the proposed gas pipeline issue. All of this was imposed upon you by Vermont Gas, who with their limitless resources have used their ability to deprive you of so much of your personal life to try to wear you down to acquiescence to their proposed pipeline.

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New CEO of Vt. Gas vows company will be more transparent

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas Systems President and CEO Don Rendall doesn’t have the biggest office at the company’s headquarters in South Burlington.

In fact, he doesn’t have an office at all. Rather, he set up his desk in the second floor reception area, by a row of windows that overlook Swift Street, and gave the administrative assistant that had occupied the space her own office down the hall.

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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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Cornwall residents to vote on pipeline deal

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — Cornwall voters on Feb. 12 will be asked if they’d like to allow the town selectboard to sign an agreement with Vermont Gas calling for the company to compensate the community for ending its opposition to its Phase II pipeline proposal.

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Pipeline cost hikes raise questions about Vermont Gas' ability to project expenses

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — The Dec. 19 announcement by Vermont Gas Systems of a second multi-million-dollar price hike for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline disappointed regulators and the governor and raised key questions about the company’s ability to both manage the project and rein in costs.

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Top stories of 2014: #1 — Pipeline project spurs plenty of controversy

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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For the second year in a row, the Vermont Gas Systems Addison Rutland Natural Gas Pipeline Project captivated (and sometimes enraged) county residents, and was the subject of more than 50 articles in the Independent.

After the Public Service Board in December 2013 approved Phase I of the pipeline, which will run from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes, Vermont Gas land agents spent the year securing land easements from Addison County residents.

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Opinion: Cornwall wise to halt Vt. Gas talks

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Jane Palmer



Boy am I glad I am not a selectboard member in Cornwall right now.

Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. To recap the situation, in a nutshell, Vermont Gas/Gaz Métro proposed a high-pressure fracked gas pipeline through Cornwall and Shoreham and under the lake to reach its potentially most lucrative customer ever, and the majority of voters in Cornwall and Shoreham (at their respective town meetings last year), told VGS to go pound salt.

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Opinion: Using natural gas as a bridge fuel makes no sense

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Sally Burrell



It’s wise to carefully consider how energy projects impact the land, air and water. Our lives and economy depend on a clean environment. Likewise, the health of our society depends on living cooperatively, respecting each other and creating local solutions to local challenges. Surrendering to corporate pressure and outsourcing our energy needs is detrimental to our democratic process and to the expansion of our local energy economy.

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Vt. Gas raises Phase I pipeline cost estimate again

Posted on December 19, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas Systems on Friday announced that Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline will cost $33 million more than the company estimated in July, for a total cost of $154 million.

The company also said Phase I will be completed later than projected and asked the Public Service Board to delay its consideration of the second phase of the project, which the board has been reviewing for more than a year.

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