Shumlin: Natural gas expansion possible in Vt.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin says he thinks piped natural gas could become an energy option in more Vermont communities.  Currently, only the northwestern Vermont counties of Franklin and Chittenden are served by Vermont Gas Systems, which brings in natural gas from Canada. Shumlin said Monday that he would like to explore expanding the availability of natural gas, perhaps extending the service as far south as Middlebury. He says that natural gas has several advantages over other forms of energy, including low prices — at least right now — and a lower carbon footprint than other fossil fuels



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