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Vermont Board Says Pipeline Project Can Continue

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The state Public Service Board says Vermont Gas can continue its natural gas pipeline project in Addison County despite a 40 percent increase in the project's costs.

The project, which is already under construction, would extend a natural gas pipeline 43 miles from Colchester to Middlebury. The board had been reconsidering the project after the cost estimate jumped from $86 million to $121 million.

The Burlington Free Press says the board, in its ruling Friday, called the cost increase substantial but said it was not a reason to reverse its determination that the project will promote the general good of the state.

Opponents of the project condemned the ruling and called for a rally and sit-in later this month to protest the decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. 

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