MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Public Service Board said Friday it has pushed back hearings on the second phase of a gas pipeline planned for the beginning of October. Hearings have been postponed to January of 2015.
Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1yjM4EJ ) the review is being pushed back because Vermont Gas Systems has not gotten federal approval to bring gas to New York and because of concerns about cost overruns for phase 1 of the project.
The company told the board on July 2 that the cost of phase 1 of its project — extending its system from Chittenden County south to Middlebury — had grown by 40 percent, to more than $121 million.
In later phases, the company wants to extend its system west from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, New York.