Vermont Gas to Complete Natural Gas Pipeline by Spring

A controversial pipeline that will travel under a public park in Hinesburg, Vermont is expected to be completed this spring, according to Vermont Gas Systems.

The 41-mile natural gas pipeline by Vermont Gas will run from Colchester to Middlebury through Geprags Park in Hinesburg, an environmentally-rich area that many local residents believe will be damaged by the pipeline.

About 2,000 feet of construction remain on the project, which includes horizontal drilling through the public park.

Last year the Supreme Court ruled to allow Vermont Gas to move forward with construction underneath the park even while litigation is still pending. Vermont Gas has issued a $1 million bond with the court to cover costs of removing the pipeline and restoring the land should the court rule against the company.

Vermont Gas says the completed pipeline would serve 4,000 Vermont families and businesses.

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Federal Judge Orders Vermont Service Board to Open Hearing on Vermont Gas Pipeline

A federal judge has ordered that Vermont Public Service Board open its hearing on a natural gas pipeline project to the public despite the board’s previous claim that protestors would disrupt the hearing.

Critics of Vermont Gas Systems went to court to defend their First Amendment rights after the state board forbid the public to be present at a scheduled hearing about a pipeline that would cross through a local community park.

The board wrote in an order last month reporting its intention to close the August 4 hearing about the Vermont Gas pipeline due to experiences of protestors interfering with hearings by raising their voices loudly to sing and not abiding by authorities who told them to lower their voices so as not to disrupt the hearing.

Those who oppose the line will now have the option to be at the hearing. Some have said they oppose the line as it could disrupt bird habitats, cause harm to sensitive wetlands, and violate terms of the park’s origin, such as its educational and recreational use.


Vermont Gas Gains Approval for Pipeline Construction in Town Park

Geprags Park in Hinesburg, Vermont. Photo source:

Geprags Park in Hinesburg, Vermont. Photo source:

Vermont Gas Systems and the city of Hinesburg, Vermont concluded its board meeting on Thursday that resulted in the approval of a natural gas pipeline to run through Geprags Park.

The local park in Hinesburg was Vermont Gas Systems’ last hurdle for approval in order to start construction on a 41-mile natural gas pipeline that will run from Colchester to Addison County.

The utility is still waiting for approval from the state Public Service Board regarding concerns about wetlands, but it says it has made large steps in receiving the town’s approval.

An important factor of the agreement is Vermont Gas Systems’ use of horizontal drilling, which has less impact on surface lands.

"This agreement brings important value to the town and allows the company to move forward with construction in Geprags," Vermont Gas said in a statement.

In the deal, Hinesburg will receive $250,000 and Vermont Gas will be required to get a performance bond, which guarantees the project will be completed.