Environmental Group Loses Vermont Gas Pipeline Challenge

Oct 3, 2014

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An environmental group has lost its bid to intervene in a proposal by Vermont Gas Systems to build a pipeline between Colchester and Middlebury.

The Rutland Herald reports Public Service Board denied the Vermont Public Interest Research Group's request to intervene in a re-evaluation of the approval granted to Vermont Gas.

The board said the argument was limited to determining whether the board should re-examine its Dec. 23 order in light of new cost information. The board said VPIRG wanted to argue natural gas shouldn't be permitted because it's produced through hydraulic fracturing.

The project was appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court and sent back for re-evaluation Sept. 11. The board hasn't yet issued an order on whether to reopen Vermont Gas' application for a certificate of public good.