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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