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Vermont Gas moves closer to laying down natural gas pipeline

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MONKTON, Vt. -

The natural gas pipeline is one step closer to happening. According to Vermont Gas officials, their most recent purchase of land in Monkton will be beneficial for all.

"It's going to allow us to bypass four land owners, so it's always good when you can reduce the amount of landowners impacted," said Steve Wark from Vermont Gas.

The next step in the process in laying down a natural gas pipeline in Addison County is complete. Vermont Gas now owns another 53 acres of land in the town of Monkton. It was purchased back in February from a local Monkton resident for $183,000.

"Put a distribution station very close in Monkton so we conserve as many people as possible. There's that pocket of population density there and it provides good access for us to build in the future," said Wark.

John Gaudette, a Monkton resident, says natural gas is a cheaper and cleaner alternative to oil and propane currently used by residents in town.

"We've been told it's going to come right down by the house here, so it's available to us," said Gaudette.

An opponent spoke out two weeks ago stating her concern about the pipeline. She worries about a flammable gas being so close to her home.

"Extracted in extreme ways with hydro-fracking, so it does a lot of damage bringing it out of the ground," said Jane Palmer, a Monkton resident.

A representative for Vermont Gas says the company needs 222 landowners in Monkton to sign on for the pipeline. He says they are two-thirds of the way there.

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