In a survey conducted by Vermont Business Magazine and published in its June 2014 issue, almost 80% of Vermonters indicated their support for the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, citing significant savings for homes and businesses, reduced environmental impact and economic development as the key reasons.
Vermont Gas Systems announced Monday it would step up efforts to bring their planned gas pipeline to Rutland.
Responding to a joint request from the Rutland Economic Development Corporation and the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Gas will begin the planning and route-finding process for Phase 3 of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
The overwhelming majority of Vermont Gas customers who converted in 2013 to heating with natural gas rated the experience with Vermont’s natural gas utility “excellent” or “very good.”
Strong demand for natural gas that is driving a nationwide surge in the cost of both construction labor and materials, local engineering and route changes to accommodate residents and other stakeholders, plus enhanced project oversight have resulted in a $35.6 million increase in the estimated investment to build Phase 1 of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
Two business organizations are urging Vermont Gas Systems to get its planned pipeline to Rutland faster. The company just received the last of the permits to bring the natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and has begun planning for Phase 2, which would extend the line under Lake Champlain to International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
South Burlington, Vt. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted Vermont Gas the final permit necessary to begin construction of Phase 1 of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
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