Vermont's Addison gas pipeline growing in cost -- again

Associated Press

Construction of a new natural gas pipeline partway down the western side of Vermont is rising in cost again.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Construction of a new natural gas pipeline partway down the western side of Vermont is rising in cost again.

The Addison Natural Gas Project was originally slated to cost $64.4 million. But several increases in the estimate since then now have been topped with a new announcement putting the total cost at $165.6 million. That's more than $100 million above the original estimate.

Vermont Gas Systems officials say they'll abide by an agreement with the state of Vermont last fall that no more than $134 million of the cost will be borne by ratepayers, with limited exceptions.

The company already serves Chittenden and Franklin counties in northwestern Vermont. It says it's still on track to finish work to extend the pipeline south to Middlebury by the end of the year.

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