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Vt. Gas Systems project sparks debate over emissions

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont Gas Systems is taking issue with a recent study that its proposed Addison County pipeline would increase greenhouse gases.

The company was responding to allegations raised by the Conservation Law Foundation that they failed to account for methane emissions leaked during the lifecycle of natural gas.  The Company -- in a filing to the Public Service Board  -- said CLF's report failed to take into account the emissions of greenhouse gases from the production, refinement and transportation of oil.  Despite concerns from some activists, State officials continue to support the effort.

"This has an opportunity to reduce our greenhouse gas in Vermont -- And there's a whole debate about lifecycle analysis which the board will deal with -- but the reality is it is a cleaner burning fuel, it is a tremendous price savings for consumers at this moment, and we think they should have a choice," said Vt. Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia.

The Public Service Board is expected to begin hearings on the project in September.

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