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Opinion: Vermont Gas official is not sharing enough information

Posted on January 23, 2015 |
By Norton Latourelle



The Jan. 15 issue of the Addison Indy headlined a story “New CEO of Vt. Gas vows company will be more transparent.” On that same day I had the opportunity to directly ask the new CEO, Don Rendall, a question on the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV radio. (Thank you, Mark.)

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Opinion: Cornwall clarifies posiiton on pipeline negotiations

Posted on January 23, 2015 |
By Ben Wood



The Cornwall selectboard would like to clarify its position regarding Vermont Gas Systems’ Phase II project.

We, the selectboard, said from the outset that we would work to oppose the pipeline AND we would attempt to work with VGS so that IF, despite our opposition, the Public Service Board (PSB) were to allow the project, we could negotiate the best outcome for Cornwall as a whole. That hasn’t changed.

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Cornwall pipeline vote canceled

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — It is looking like Cornwall citizens will not field a Feb. 12 referendum on the Phase II natural gas pipeline after all.

Citing a recent decision by Vermont Gas to suspend its permitting efforts for Phase II, Cornwall selectboard members are poised to rescind a motion they made earlier this month to hold a townwide vote on whether the community should sign a compensation agreement with Vermont Gas.

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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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