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Natural gas pipeline protesters swarm Montpelier

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Protesters swarmed downtown Montpelier over plans to build a new natural gas pipeline.

Members of Rising Tide Vermont oppose the structure that's set to run along Vermont's Western border.

They're also concerned that construction efforts could dig up toxic chemicals in the soil from treated utility poles along portions of the route.

Activists say a Monkton well has already been tainted and want assurances there won't be more problems.

"What we're asking is that they stop, test and if there are further contamination's, that they give us an action plan to resolve that before they allow construction to begin," said Maren Vasatka, sit-in participant.

Group spokespeople say the Department of Public Service and the Agency of Natural Resources have ignored their concerns thus far.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Conservations says they work plans for when they encounter the chemical and noted it's typically contained to a small area.

The state is also limited in how much testing for the wood preserver it can require of utilities.

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