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Vermont Gas wins final permit for pipeline

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Vermont Gas says it has all the permits it needs to start building a new natural gas pipeline.

The company says the project could power nearly 20,000 homes and businesses in Addison and Rutland counties.

Vermont Gas received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, clearing the way for construction to get underway.

While the company was denied a permit by the Public Service Board to start work on staging areas, they say the denial is now a non-issue.

"Before we'd received word from the Public Service Board, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had issued its final permit, what we were looking to do is just start work on the staging areas a little bit earlier. It turns out it was an unnecessary legal action because the Army Corps came through very promptly," said Steve Wark of Vermont Gas.

Construction began Tuesday on Phase 1 of the project starting in Addison County.

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