Vermont pipeline hearing expected to be marked by protests

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BERLIN >> The Vermont Public Service Board has scheduled a hearing in a venue that is drawing complaints as being too small to accommodate more than six members of the public.

A federal court this week ordered the board to allow the public to attend Thursday's session on a gas pipeline project after the board sought to close it to the public.

Now the board is getting complaints that the venue it has chosen — a hearing room in Berlin that is not where it usually meets — can't accommodate more than six members of the public.

The board last month sought to close the hearing, saying protesters had disrupted earlier hearings on a pipeline project to extend natural gas service from Chittenden County to Middlebury.


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