SOME RESIDENTS ON Routes 30 and 74 in Cornwall have put up signs protesting the potential placement of a Vermont Gas pipeline in their neighborhood. The pipeline would extend from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y. Independent photo/Trent Campbell
SHOREHAM — Vermont Gas this week unveiled five potential routes for its proposed natural gas pipelinethat would extend from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, N.Y., a plan that at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham continued to draw criticism from area residents who oppose the prospect of seeing the project running through their respective properties.
The 24-mile, $70 million pipeline would eventually transport natural gas under Lake Champlain to provide a more cost-effective fuel for the International Paper mill. The mill currently burns fuel oil in its paper manufacturing process. International Paper officials project the business would save millions by using cheaper natural gas, and the company has pledged to underwrite the entire cost of the pipeline if it is OK’d by the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB).