Vermont Gas seeks wetlands permit for pipeline
Vermont Gas Systems has filed for a wetlands permit to install gas transmission lines as part of its proposed Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Pipeline project.
Vermont Gas proposes 41.1 miles of 12-inch natural-gas transmission line, 5.1 miles of 6-inch main distribution lines and 4.7 miles of local distribution lines in the project that runs from Colchester to Middlebury.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is being asked to award the permit, said in a statement that Vermont Gas would “place fill material in and drill beneath U.S. waters” along the route.
Construction will temporarily affect approximately 23.52 acres of wetlands, the Corps said.
The transmission line and the distribution mainlines would be installed within a corridor 50 to 75 feet wide, using new rights of way as well as existing utility and road rights of way.
Permit conditions would require Vermont Gas to remove all temporary fill upon completion of the project, with disposal at an upland location out of the wetlands.
The public notice, with more detailed information, can be viewed on the Corps website at 1.usa.gov/19klxGf.
Public comments should be sent no later than Jan. 24 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Vermont Project Office (Attn: Michael Adams), 11 Lincoln St., Room 210, Essex Junction, VT 05452.
Additional information is available from Adams, the permit project manager, at 872-2893 or by email from michae.s.adams@usache .army.mil.
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