Vermont Gas Systems

A Visual History Of The Vermont Gas Pipeline

The plan for the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline project has transformed dramatically over the two years since the company got its first approval from Vermont regulators more than two years ago.

It started as a three-stage development that would bring natural gas from Chittenden County under Lake Champlain to New York, and also south to Rutland; the company's latest plan is a much smaller 41-mile pipeline that ends in Middlebury.

Find an interactive timeline of the project here.

The Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County has been completed, but state regulators are looking into whether the company violated safety protocols while blasting during construction.
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Six months after the completion of the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County, regulators announced an investigation into whether the company used proper safety measures while blasting to clear an underground path for the pipeline.

The board responsible for regulating utility prices in Vermont is ordering a review of the state’s utility regulation system in Vermont, including the controversial regulatory model used by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems for much of the past decade.

A new Vermont Supreme Court case brought by the Conservation Law Foundation is challenging the legality of the regulatory permit that allowed Vermont Gas to build a 41-mile pipeline into Addison County.

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Vermont Gas Systems announced on Wednesday that it finally completed its natural gas pipeline through Addison County.

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Vermont's Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday morning in a case that will decide the fate of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline to Addison County.

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Opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County went to the company’s South Burlington headquarters Wednesday to call on Vermont Gas to halt construction on the pipeline while the Vermont Supreme Court considers a land rights issue and federal authorities investigate safety concerns.

The federal department that oversees pipeline safety is looking into Vermont Gas Systems' 41-mile extension into Addison County.

Vermont Gas Systems says its 41-mile pipeline has stayed within its budget this past quarter, and is on track to be completed this spring. The news comes after costs have ballooned nearly 50 percent in the last three years.

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Bread and Puppet Theatre put on a protest performance inside the TD Bank branch in Montpelier Wednesday which culminated in a woman closing her account of nearly $500,000 because of the bank’s involvement in fossil fuel pipelines.

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A group of Hinesburg residents opposed to the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County is bringing their fight to the Vermont Supreme Court. 

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This week, Vermont Gas Systems got the final land rights needed in order to finish its pipeline to Addison County, though opponents of the project plan to appeal the decision.

Regulators ruled in favor of Vermont Gas Tuesday in the final eminent domain case related to the company's pipeline to Addison County.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Recordkeeping at Vermont Gas Systems is so sloppy that Vermont’s consumer advocate made exceptions to consumer protection rules in order to prevent “significant financial hardship” for Vermont Gas, according to expert testimony filed with regulators.

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Vermont Gas Systems has publicly maintained that the company plans to bring its pipeline to Addison County online by the end of this year, but a June presentation to the company’s board said otherwise: The presentation shows that by one internal estimate, the pipeline won’t be in service until April of 2017.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is pursuing a civil enforcement action against Vermont Gas Systems after the company’s contractors killed dozens of protected sunflowers in July. The agency is also asking Vermont’s utility regulator to investigate the company for potential violations of its "certificate of public good," which sets out conditions for the pipeline’s construction.

The Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County has been completed, but state regulators are looking into whether the company violated safety protocols while blasting during construction.
John Van Hoesen / VPR File

The Department of Public Service said in regulatory filings Monday that Vermont Gas isn’t likely to finish its Addison County pipeline this year, and proposed that the company be forced to cover $35.5 million of pipeline costs because of “imprudent” spending.

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The Public Service Board held a much-anticipated hearing Thursday on a Vermont Gas Systems effort to build a pipeline through a wetland area in Geprags Park in Hinesburg.

Vermont regulators have denied a request from Vermont Gas to kick a group of Hinesburg residents out of legal proceedings related to the company’s plans to build its pipeline through a park in Hinesburg.

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A U.S. District Court judge in Burlington has ordered the Vermont Public Service Board to allow the public to attend Thursday's hearing on the Vermont Gas pipeline project.

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A Hinesburg citizens group opposing the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline filed a complaint Monday alleging that some town officials and company representatives violated Vermont's open meeting law. 

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