Planning Commission Supports Pipeline

Published 04/09 2014 11:15PM

Updated 04/09 2014 11:31PM

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - At a full commission meeting Wednesday night, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission voted to support phase two of the Vermont Gas pipeline expansion.

The vote was 15-11 in favor of the expansion, which would take the natural gas pipeline from Middlebury, under Lake Champlain, into Ticonderoga, New York. That's where it would supply the International Paper mill.

The Commission received letters supporting the project from the Town of Ticonderoga, the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations.

Letters against the project, partially citing environmental concerns over the pipeline, were received from the Town of Cornwall and others.

Phase two of the expansion still needs to be approved by the Public Service Board. Phase one, expanding the pipeline into Middlebury, has already been approved by the PSB.

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