Local Company gets contract for Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Pipeline

By Christine Souders | csouders@nexstar.tv

Published 05/05 2014 07:48PM

Updated 05/05 2014 08:03PM

WILLISTON, VT- While people in parts of Vermont remain split over the controversial, Addison- Rutland Natural Gas Project.

A local company got the contract to start Phase 1.

This is a $300 million dollar project, and the first contract has been signed by local contractors, Engineers Construction Incorporated.

This June, they will start drilling for Phase 1 of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.

The brand new piece of machinery will create the pipeline to extend service of natural gas to Vermonters in Monkton, St. George, Bristol, and New Haven.

"We're looking at investing $300 million dollars in vermont in the coming years," said Vermont Gas President/CEO Don Gilbert.

Engineers Construction plans to add 30 new employees to do the job, using a method called "Horizontal Directional Drilling."

"It's a trenchless method of installing the pipeline underneath these sensitive areas," said Pidgeon.

Environmental Scientist Josh Sky said this type of trenchless drilling is criticial to minimize the enviromental impact.

"There are certainly various cultural and natural resources that are present in those routes. Working through the permitting process as well as designing a good route, we have to think about ways to minimize a void impacting those resources."

Contractors said horizontal directional drilling will lead to less erosion and create less of a disturbance for the 222 homeowners along the pathline.

The Addison-Rutland Project hasn't come without it's opposition.

Particularly from Monkton residents, who have concerns about the pipeline running through their backyards, and underneath sensitive swamp land.

But Vermont Gas said the pipeline will benefit customers down the road.

"Today we're saving our customers about 13,000 dollars a year and more efficient, and we look forward to doing more of that in addison and rutland counties," said Gilbert.






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