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April 4, 2014

Ticonderoga leader wants Vermont support

Vermont to vote soon on energy line to Ticonderoga mill

TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga Town Supervisor William Grinnell wants Vermont public officials to support the natural-gas pipeline proposed from the Green Mountain State to International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill.

The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline would be a spur off a planned pipeline from Middlebury to Rutland, Vt., and many Vermont citizens and local governments oppose it because it would help a business in another state.

That was the reason cited by the Energy Committee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission when it voted 4-1 against supporting the pipeline for IP earlier this year.

GREATER GOOD

The Planning Commission’s regional plan contains a clause that states out-of-region or out-of-state energy projects will not be endorsed by the commission.

Grinnell says that goes against Vermont Statute 24 Section 4335a, which says the commission’s role is to support the “greater region.”

He sent a letter to Addison County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Adam Lougee in an attempt to start a bi-state dialogue about the pipeline.

“I would urge you to extend to me … the opportunity to have a voice in your ongoing discussions about the merits of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project,” Grinnell wrote.

“The Ticonderoga mill is a significant economic driver for our entire region.”

APRIL 9 VOTE

Lougee then invited Grinnell to the Planning Commission meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, when the commission is scheduled to vote on whether to support Phase 2.

“I thought Mr. Grinnell wrote a strong letter that emphasized the benefits of the proposed pipeline project for both Addison County, Vermont, and Ticonderoga, New York,” Lougee told the Press-Republican Tuesday.

“I responded to his letter by inviting him to our public meeting ... when I expect the commission will deliberate on this issue.”

Grinnell wanted the Planning Commission to postpone the vote, but that may not happen.

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