MONKTON — Last August was the first time Beverly Latreille, 82, of Rotax Road in Monkton heard of it. The man who came to her door was working for an engineering firm that had been hired by Vermont Gas Systems, the South Burlington natural gas company now planning to build a 42-mile, $72 million pipeline extension through Addison County to Ticonderoga, N.Y.
“He stopped here and told me about it,” said Latreille. “He said there would be people (surveying), and it would be following the VELCO line, and would it be OK if they parked on our property or walked on it, because they wanted to get off the highway.
“The hayfield was still standing hay,” she recalled, saying she offered to sign what she thought was an agreement to let crews park on her lawn.
“I didn’t care if they parked on my lawn to get farther off the highway,” Latreille said. “And we signed the agreement, not realizing.”
What she and her family didn’t realize, was that the agreement allowed workers to survey their land.