PITTSFORD — Vermont Gas Systems has been invited to make a presentation to the Select Board on plans to bring its natural gas pipeline to Rutland County.
The board Wednesday extended an invitation to VGS officials to make a presentation at the board’s next meeting Dec. 4.
VGS has put together a three-phase plan to bring the pipeline south from Chittenden County. Phase I is under review by the Public Service Board.
Town Manager John Haverstock said the board may want to consider potential routes the pipeline could take through town.
“Sooner or later we’re going to be faced with a decision that the town is going to have to make, and this whole area,” said Select Board Chairman Allen Hitchcock. “So, I think the more information we get, the sooner the better.”
Omya’s calcium carbonate plant in the Florence section of town is expected to be a major natural gas user.
The PSB is expected to make a decision before the end of the year on Phase I of the project: to extend the pipeline from Chittenden County south to Middlebury.
VGS this week filed an application with the Public Service Board for Phase II, to extend the pipeline to Cornwall and under Lake Champlain to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
If that is successful, Phase III would extend the line to Rutland by the year 2020.
The pipeline project has the backing of the entire Rutland County legislative delegation, including Pittsford representatives Butch Shaw and Steve Carr.
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