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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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Opinion: Who needs a pipeline? Let's use 'gas islands' instead

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Ellyn and David Mack



In regard to Norton Latourelle’s letter to the editor, Monday, Sept 29, we would like to encourage residents of Vermont (especially Addison County) and New York to consider his suggestion of an alternative to the contentious pipeline.

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Regulator declines to alter Phase I gas pipeline approval

Posted on October 10, 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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Opinion: PSB should reexamine Phase I pipeline project

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Bethany Barry Menkart



I call on the Public Service Board to re-open discussion of the permit for Phase I of the fracked gas pipeline. Here are some of the reasons.

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Federal regulator cedes pipeline jurisdiction to N.Y., Vt.

Posted on September 30, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The federal agency responsible for regulating interstate energy projects has granted a waiver that gives New York and Vermont, the two states through which Phase II of Vermont Gas Systems’ Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project would run, authority to approve or reject the plan.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a ruling Sept. 26 that Phase II complies with the Natural Gas Act, which prohibits the construction of a natural gas pipeline in an area already served by natural gas.

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Opinion: Save the fish, instead truck natural gas to IP mill

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Norton Latourelle



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Opinion: Davis correct in critique of PSB

Posted on September 24, 2014 |
By Ralph Worrick



Kudos to Eric Davis for his excellent and concise analysis of the flaws in the Public Service Board process. He clearly identifies the needed solutions to make the PSB the independent body it must be in order to uphold the public trust. As an intervenor in the Phase 2 docket, I have come to the conclusion that the process as it currently stands violates Article 4 of the Vermont Constitution, which states:

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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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