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Public hearing for phase two of the Vermont Gas Pipeline

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It was standing room only at the Shoreham Elementary School Wednesday night, for a heated public hearing on phase two of the Vermont Gas Pipeline.

Phase one will bring natural gas from Colchester to Middlebury, phase two would build a pipeline under Lake Champlain to Ticonderoga, New York, and phase three looks to carry the gas down to Rutland.

Dozens testified to the Public Service Board, which must decide whether to grant needed permits for phase two of the project. The overwhelming majority of those who spoke opposed the pipeline.

"I have concerns on all levels, but since I live on Lake Champlain I'm here tonight to advocate for those who have no voice. That is the lake and the wildlife that depend on it," said Norton Latourelle, who opposes the gas pipeline.

"I'm in favor of reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources in any way possible using all forms of energy productions, including utilizing natural gas," said Steve Jackson, who supports the pipeline.

Wednesday night was the first of two Public Service Board hearings slated for phase two. Construction on phase one is scheduled to begin in June.

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