Vermont homeowners met with officials about pipeline

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MONTPELIER (AP) - A woman who received a letter about the potential use of eminent domain to make way for a natural gas pipeline says she and others met with state officials to express concerns about the plan by Vermont Gas.

Maren Vasatka is one of nine Vermonters who received a notice about eminent domain.

According to a news release, state Sen. Chris Bray, a Democrat from New Haven, and Public Safety Commissioner Chris Recchia attended Thursday evening's meeting in Monkton.

Vermont Gas spokesman Stephen Wark says the letters indicated the possibility of eminent domain, not the start of any formal process.

The company has already won permission to extend its line through Monkton and other towns to Middlebury.

Wark says Vermont Gas is committed to continued discussion with landowners.


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