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Vt. Gas poised to break ground in Addison County

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WILLISTON, Vt. - Construction is expected to begin next month on a controversial natural gas pipeline into Addison County.

Vermont Gas Monday showed off the horizontal drilling equipment that will be used for about 17 miles of the 41 mile project from Colchester to Middlebury. The company has its permits for the project and has awarded the contract to build the line to Engineers Construction of Wllliston.

"We wanted people to be familiar with the technology because it's so important to our project. It's going to help us to insure that we do it in an environmentally-sensitive manner -- that we won't disturb any environmentally-sensitive areas or archaeologically-sensitive areas," said the company's Don Gilbert.

With natural gas now running about half the cost of heating oil, the company expects to connect to 16,000 customers in the Addison County phase of the project. Vermont Gas also is seeking permits to extend the pipeline further south to the Rutland area, and under Lake Champlain to serve the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, New York.
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