MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Most speakers at a public meeting on a proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline in Vermont's Addison County said they oppose the project.
The Vermont Public Service Board held the meeting Tuesday night at Middlebury Union Middle School.
Opponents raised the environmental concerns surrounding the use of hydrofracking to extract natural gas. They said while gas may be cleaner burning than oil, the process of extracting it is a threat to water quality and contributes to climate change. Vermont banned hydrofracking within the state's borders in 2012.
Supporters of the project say it will boost western Vermont's economy by providing low-cost energy.
The board is expected to make a decision on Vermont Gas System's application by the end of the year.
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