“This is simply our opportunity to say where we stand,” he said in a statement.
Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark said the pipeline project would help residents and business owners cut their energy bills and reduce emissions.
International Paper has said the pipeline extension is vital to the future viability of the Ticonderoga mill, which now burns much more expensive fuel oil in its boilers.
IP Mill spokeswoman Donna Wadsworth said Tuesday that they respect Vermont’s unique Town Meeting process.
“We believe that the environmental benefit of converting from oil to natural gas and the associated reduction of greenhouse gases is good for the region,” she said by email. “The economic benefit to Vermont communities which will be served by the pipeline as well as the economic benefit to the mill are important reasons for seeing the proposed pipeline become a reality. We remain positive and hope to become a customer of Vermont Gas.”
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