MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont’s state supreme court has issued a decision that a Vermont Gas pipeline going under a public park will not impact its use.
Activists who oppose the pipeline going under the Hinesburg park argued the 85-acre park was already designated for public use, so it couldn’t be claimed under eminent domain.
WCAX-TV (http://bit.ly/2xCnlAd ) reports the high court ruled on Friday that the “prior public use” doctrine didn’t apply. It ruled the installation of the pipeline will have a negligible effect on existing use.
The park represented the final piece connecting a 41-mile Addison pipeline project completed earlier this year.