The Vermont Public Service Board has announced that a Public Hearing on the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project will take place on Wednesday, May 7th. The Meeting will be held at the Shoreham Elementary School at 7:00 p.m.
The 2nd phase of the proposed natural gas pipeline would expand service from Middlebury to the towns of Cornwall and Shoreham and also to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, NY. The timely completion of this phase of the project is also critical to bringing future natural gas service to Rutland county by 2020. The International Paper Mill extension will actually help Vermont save $45 million of the cost of eventually delivering natural gas to the Rutland area. For more information on Phase 2 of the pipeline you can visit: www.AddisonRutlandNaturalGas.com. You can also read what current Vermont natural gas customers are saying at: www.CleanerEnergyCleanerAir.com
It is imperative that the Public Service Board hears from pro-growth, pro-jobs Vermonters who support this project. Please consider attending and testifying at the hearing on May 7th. If you would like to testify please arrive at the Shoreham Elementary School (130 School Road, Shoreham) by 6:30 p.m. to sign-up with Public Service Board staff. Each speaker will be given 2 minutes to present their remarks.
If you would like to testify at the hearing, you may find the following information helpful in preparing your brief testimony:
· The Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project will help local businesses cut their energy bills by about 50 percent and keep and create more good jobs.
· The natural gas delivered by the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project is safer, cleaner and about half the cost of the propane or oil currently used by most Vermonters.
· The Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project will help homeowners and businesses in Addison and Rutland counties cut heating bills by about 50% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 25%.
· The Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project will save towns money and the millions of dollars the project will pay in property taxes will help pay for public schools and other local municipal services.
· The Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project will bring cleaner, lower cost fuel to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga and help the mill keep good paying jobs in the region, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve regional air quality.
· Extending natural gas to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga will save Vermonters $45 million of the cost to deliver natural gas to Rutland by 2020 – 15-years sooner than would otherwise be possible.
· International Paper spends more than $3 million on goods and services provided by Vermont businesses, in addition to $2.5 million spent for wood and fiber, and over $1 million in wages and benefits paid to Vermonters working at the mill.
Your support of this important project is greatly appreciated. By working together, we can extend the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas service to more Vermonters, help grow the economy, and create more and better paying jobs.