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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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Vermont Gas abandons Phase II pipeline

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and John S. McCright



ADDISON COUNTY — Reaction to the announcement Tuesday that Vermont Gas Systems would abandon its proposal to build a $105 million pipeline from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, N.Y., was met with a mixture of joy and relief from Addison County residents who would have been directly affected.

“I was delighted because we spent more than two years trying to defeat this project,” said Cornwall Selectman Bruce Hiland.

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Editorial: Ding-dong, Phase II is dead. But will we pay even more?

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



  Before the whoops and hollers of relief die down in light of Vermont Gas Systems’ decision to abandon Phase II of its natural gas pipeline through Middlebury, Cornwall and Shoreham en route to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, let’s assess the consequence of that decision, and whether the pipeline deserves the public ire heaped upon it.

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Opinion: Cornwall clarifies position 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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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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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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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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Vt. Gas says cash offer to Cornwall does not set a precedent

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems’ recent offer of $1.5 million in cash and other incentives to Cornwall if the town dropped its opposition to Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project signaled a change in tactics for the company as it tries to complete the three-phase pipeline project.

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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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