Vermont Gas has been granted eminent domain to build a pipeline through a park in Hinesburg, Vermont.
On Tuesday, the Public Service Board granted the company’s request for eminent domain, ruling that the company will finally be able to complete construction on its Addison Natural Gas Project by this year.
The route had sparked much controversy as residents in the area were trying to block the pipeline from running through Geprags Park from Colchester to Addison County. Opponents of the line say the pipeline would increase Vermont’s reliance on fossil fuel.
Vermont Gas wrote on its project website that the pipeline will offer residents cleaner, more affordable energy.
As an agreement to build the 41-mile pipeline through the park, Vermont Gas will use horizontal drilling as its method to lay the pipeline, which has less impact on surface lands.
The pipeline, which is planned to be in service by the middle of this year, will serve communities in Monkton, Vergennes, New Haven, Bristol, East Middlebury, and Middlebury, according to Vermont Gas.