Vermont Gas Systems reaches agreement with state's Agency of Natural Resources to minimize impact of proposed pipeline; the line would eventually serve IP's Ticonderoga, New York, paper mill

MONTPELIER, Vermont , September 17, 2013 () – Vermont Gas Systems has reached an agreement with the state Agency of Natural Resources to minimize the impact of a proposed pipeline on wetlands.

The new line would run 43 miles through southern Chittenden County and several towns in Addison County. It would later run under Lake Champlain to serve the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

The Vermont Public Service Board started hearings Monday on the plan.

Vermont Public Radio reports ( the route crosses seven natural areas that the state ranks as ecologically significant, including a sand plain forest and a northern cedar swamp. On the eve of the hearings, Vermont Gas and the state agreed to protect those areas with a technique known as horizontal directional drilling.

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