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Price tag for Phase I natural gas pipeline gets bigger

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems has already spent more than $1.5 million on securing land rights for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, and last week announced it had increased its budget for land acquisitions by more than $1 million.

This increased projected cost is part of a $35.6 million cost hike for the entire project, a bill 40 percent higher than the company told the Public Service Board last February.

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Opinion: Vt. Gas showing it acts like bully

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Jane Palmer



I and my four knitting comrades, four of us “natural” gas pipeline-impacted homeowners, went to Vermont Gas Systems headquarters last Wednesday to make three reasonable demands, one of which is already agreed upon in a Memo of Understanding with Monkton. We wanted VGS/Gaz Métro to meet them publicly.

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Opinion: 'Public good' can't be proved

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Norton Latourelle



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Opinion: Miscalculation raises questions

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Andrew Marks



On July 2, Vermont Gas Systems Inc. delivered a letter by hand to the Vermont Public Service Board announcing that they (Vermont Gas) have underestimated the cost of their Phase 1 gas pipeline by 40 percent. I wonder what else they have grossly miscalculated.

Andrew Marks

Cornwall

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Monkton resident arrested after sit-in at Vermont Gas

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



SOUTH BURLINGTON — A handful of Addison County residents staged a protest at the headquarters of Vermont Gas Systems this past Wednesday afternoon, an act they said was in retaliation for trespassing by the company on their land. South Burlington police arrested one protester, Jane Palmer of Monkton, after she refused to leave the premises at the close of business.

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Opinion: County must speak out against gas pipeline project

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Bethany Barry Menkart



A pipeline of fracked gas from Canada through Vermont; perhaps this struggle really comes down to what’s important: principles or profit? Ethics or greed?

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Opinion: Bray has made brilliant argument

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By George Jaeger



Sen. Chris Bray’s brilliantly argued letter in the June 26 edition of this paper goes to the heart of the Phase II pipeline issue. This Quebec project, as he writes, is about the private use of the proposed pipeline by the International Paper Co. and therefore deserves neither a Certificate of Public Good nor the right to eminent domain.

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Opinion: Clean energy technology should trump pipeline plan

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Did you know that Green Mountain Power is owned by Gaz Metro, a Canadian corporation? Gaz Metro is the same corporation that owns Vermont Gas Systems. VGS keeps infiltrating my computer and local newspaper with advertisements, promising much. What is reality? What is truth? There are citizens of Vermont who are dependent on Gaz Metro for their electricity AND their heating. I thought Bernie Sanders was concerned about large corporations taking over the rights of some of us human beings.

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Middlebury officials revist terms of gas pipeline accord

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At their meeting on Tuesday, the Middlebury selectboard reviewed an amended memorandum of agreement between the town and Vermont Gas related to the company’s proposed Phase II pipeline. That pipeline would extend from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

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Opinion: Phase 2 Too High a Constitutional Price

Posted on June 25, 2014 |
By Christopher Bray



Addison County is currently the scene of a controversial three-part drama.

Vermont Gas Systems/Gaz Métro (VGS/GM) has proposed the Addison Natural Gas Project (ANGP): Phase 1 will bring gas to Middlebury, and it has already received a Certificate of Public Good (CPG); Phase 2 is the subject of an application now before the Public Service Board (PSB); and Phase 3 is in the concept stage, and may someday bring gas from Middlebury to Rutland.

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