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The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Critics, supporters tangle over pipeline under Lake Champlain

SHOREHAM, Vt. (AP) Critics and supporters of a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through parts of western Vermont to New York are voicing their opinions about the project.

They attended a packed Public Service Board public hearing Wednesday night in Shoreham on the second phase of the project, which would run under Lake Champlain to International Paper in Ticonderoga, New York.

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Opponents say the project will add to the problem of global warming and could potentially pollute Lake Champlain.

Supporters say the paper plant, which employs 600 people, is critical to the economy of the North Country and Vermont.

The first phase of the project extending the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury was approved by the PSB in December.

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