Monkton isn’t the only Vermont town opposing the natural gas pipeline extension proposed by Vermont Gas Systems (VTGas). The town’s Chittenden County neighbor to the north, Hinesburg, is raising concerns, too.
Vocal opposition in both towns strikes issue with the proposed route of the pipeline, not the pipeline itself. When the $70 million, 42-mile transmission line passes through their towns, they want it to run along the utility transmission corridor owned by VELCO, like it does in other towns, not through the middle of residential areas.
In preparation for VTGas’ project application to the state on Dec. 20, selectboards in both towns have sent formal letters to the Public Service Board opposing the proposed route. The state board is the quasi-judicial body tasked with approving the permit, or certificate of public good, for the company’s expansion project to southern Vermont and over to New York.