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3 towns say 'no' to Vermont Gas pipeline plan

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm •  Published: March 4, 2014

CORNWALL, Vt. (AP) — Voters in the towns of Cornwall, Shoreham and Monkton are saying "no" to a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through their communities.

In non-binding Town Meeting Day votes on Monday and Tuesday, voters from the three towns passed resolutions to oppose expansion of the pipeline.

The vote was 126 to 16 in Cornwall, 63 to 38 in Shoreham and by affirmative voice vote in Monkton.

The towns were voting on plans for a $70 million project that would pipe natural gas to Ticonderoga, N.Y., passing through Cornwall, Monkton and Shoreham.

Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark says the project would help business owners and residents cut their energy bills and reduce emissions.

The state has approved plans to extend the pipeline to Middlebury.