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Opinion: Natural gas pipeline is a cost-effective, timely solution

Posted on March 19, 2014 |
By Stephen J. Wark



Extending natural gas to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga will save Vermonters $45 million of the cost to deliver natural gas to Rutland by 2020 — 15 years sooner than would otherwise be possible — and help strengthen the regional economy and improve air quality.

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Editorial: Phase II and the public good

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If Vermont Gas Systems thinks it has had a rocky time with Phase I of the Addison County pipeline project, running from Colchester to Middlebury, they might want to reconsider their strategy for the next leg of the project. With Phase II, it’s going to get much worse.

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Citizens in three county town denounce gas pipeline proposal

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Residents in three Addison County towns this week passed articles condemning the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline that is proposed to run through the county.

Voters in Monkton, Cornwall and Shoreham voiced their disapproval with Vermont Gas, the state’s only gas utility, by overwhelmingly approving the measures at their respective town meetings.

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Opinion: Public Service Board gas decision served businesses, not public

Posted on January 13, 2014 |
By Eugenie Doyle



Monkton residents got the coal-in-stocking treatment from the Public Service board on the day before Christmas Eve when the PSB released a ruling favorable to Vermont Gas/Gas Métro and unfavorable to concerned Monkton residents and landowners.

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Opinion: PSB decision favored corporations, not people

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Bill Schneider



Vermont’s appointed Public Service Board should be sacked, its power reined in and synchronized with core values.

How is it that the PSB rationale to approve Vermont Gas’ Phase One is the equivalent of “eating our neighbors’ dogs can stave off hunger for some Vermonters and will temporarily support economic growth here”? This basis to justify cost savings is a direct contradiction to the reasoning for our legislation that outlaws fracking in Vermont.

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Opinion: Don't let Public Service Board be a pipeline grinch

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Nancy Latourelle



’Twas the night before Christmas when decisions were made.

Gas companies a marching, easements soon paid.

Folks from Middlebury, Shoreham, Cornwall and more

Rise up and resist for all that it’s for.

 

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

Or is there?

And do we forfeit our historic values of independence, self-reliance

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Opinion: New proposal, old tactics

Posted on December 11, 2013 |
By Jed Guertin



My wife and I left Vergennes in the summer of 2004 and when I saw the Jeff Margolis/VTDigger article on the Vergennes referendum regarding the Vermont Gas pipeline I felt I needed to speak out. The article brought back memories of another energy line involving Vergennes in 2003 and 2004. That line was the VELCO Northwest Reliability Project (NWRP).

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Lawmakers at odds on $21M payback

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Most local lawmakers said they are not keen on intervening in a case involving the proposed return to electricity ratepayers of around $21 million that was used to help stabilize Central Vermont Public Service Corp. in 2001 when it ran into some financial trouble.

CVPS, the state’s largest utility, weathered that financial storm (associated with hydro-power contracts) and is now on the verge of being acquired by, and merged with, Green Mountain Power (GMP) — which is owned by Montreal-based Gaz Metro.

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New Haven solar array crosses a hurdle, but faces a new challenge

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



NEW HAVEN — Burlington-based Cross Pollination Inc. reached a major milestone toward its proposed 2.2 megawatt solar power project off Route 7 in New Haven when on July 8 the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued a certificate of public good.

But New Haven resident John Madden, saying the project would ruin the aesthetics of the region, asked the PSB to reconsider or alter its July 8 order. Within 10 days that a certificate of public good is issued, there is a window for individuals to file a motion of reconsideration.

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