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Plans for natural gas in Rutland

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Vermont Gas says a main goal is getting natural gas to Rutland, by 2020.

Vermont gas President and CEO spoke to a group of Rutland electives and community members Monday evening -- about the company's goal on reaching the city. The company is currently in the midst of a three phase project, that aims at bringing natural gas pipelines from Burlington to Rutland. Vermont gas says the alternative fuel could help Rutland's economy and environment and will be an estimated $230-million investment in the state. No final decisions have been made on which towns the pipeline will run through.

"When we look at the population centers in Vermont, clearly Rutland is one of them. 50% of the population in Vermont resides from the border down to Rutland on the western side. So we are very enthusiastic about being able to bring the same economic and environmental benefits that Chittenden and Franklin county have enjoyed for almost 50 years," explained Donald Gilbert, President and CEO of Vermont Gas.

Vermont gas says they will be holding public meetings at the start of 2014 on the effort to bring natural gas to Rutland.

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