MONKTON, Vt. -
It’s a picturesque neighborhood, but it looks more like a crime scene these days. Residents like Jennifer Baker and Holly Lukens are taking a stand against the proposed route of the Vermont Gas pipeline project.
“We wanted people to understand the impact of the project because the notification sent out by the gas company were completely inadequate,” Baker said.
As it’s planned now, the high pressure pipeline will run just feet from their front doors.
“We looked into the ramifications of that and we didn’t like what we found,” Baker said.
“If it blows up there’s no protection against it; there’s no distance,” Lukens said.
The $91 million project entails 42 miles of new 12-inch pipeline extending from Colchester to Addison County through 11 different communities. Most will be serviced by the pipeline, but whether or not Monkton will be able to feed off it is still in question.
“We won’t even get service!” Baker said.