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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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Vt. Gas pledges to halt eminent domain use (for now)

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — After receiving a request from Gov. Shumlin to do so, Vermont Gas Systems says it will hold off on filing eminent domain proceedings against landowners along the Phase I route of its pipeline. known as the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project. The company also committed to halting negotiations with landowners who wish to stop talking until a new set of guidelines is established for relations between Vermont Gas and landowners.

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Shumlin meets with landowners about Vermont Gas negotiations

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — A group of landowners along the route of the first phase of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project met with Gov. Peter Shumlin last week to discuss concerns they have with how Vermont Gas is negotiating easements for the pipeline.

For the half-hour sitdown at the governor’s office in Montpelier on Nov. 13, Shumlin brought along his chief of staff, Liz Miller, Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia and Justin Johnson, the deputy secretary for the Agency of Natural Resources.

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Phase I pipeline inches southward

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WILLISTON — Even as the first snowflakes of the year fell in the Champlain Valley Thursday, it was easy for any observer to note the progress construction crews have made on Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, a 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

A tour hosted by Vermont Gas Systems officials shuttled reporters to different sites around Chittenden County where workers are digging trenches and laying pipe.

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Landowners in Monkton rebuff Vt. Gas offers for easements

Posted on November 13, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems on Tuesday announced that it had secured 75 percent of the easements it needs to build Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, a pipeline that will run 41 miles from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

The South Burlington company said it had made “significant progress” by securing easements for 166 of 221 parcels needed for the route.

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Opinion: Natural gas project doesn't add up for ratepayers

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Melanie Peyser



The Public Service Board will decide this week whether to reconsider the benefits of Phase I of the fracked gas pipeline in light of the $35 million (41 percent) cost overrun. The CEO of Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) exclaimed at last week’s hearing that no price was too high for this “once-in-a-lifetime project,” confirming what astute observers already knew: Phase I is, by definition, economically irrational.

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Opinion: Phases I and II critical in getting natural gas to Rutland

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Steve Wark



An Addison Independent editorial posed the question: “What is the fastest way to get the pipeline extended to Rutland?”

The answer lies in one simple formula: Phase I plus Phase II equals Phase III.

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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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Public Service Board delays Phase II pipeline hearings

Posted on September 22, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Friday postponed technical hearings related to Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project while it considers whether to examine its approval of Phase I of the pipeline.

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Opinion: Phase I pipeline can't be called a transitional project

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Rev. Barnaby Feder



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