Vermont utility regulators delay pipeline hearings as requested by Vermont Gas Systems

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont utility regulators have delayed hearings on the second phase of the Vermont Gas Systems project to extend a natural gas line south to Addison County and under Lake Champlain to serve a New York paper mill.

Vermont Gas had asked the Public Service Board to delay hearings into phase two of the project, which would run from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, New York.

The company made the request last month after it announced its cost for phase one was running about $154 million, up from an initial estimate of $86 million.

Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1zJnNTx ) reports the cost increase could cause the board to reassess its approve of phase 1 of the pipeline project.

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