Voters in the towns of Cornwall and Shoreham are saying "no" to a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through their communities.
In a non-binding vote during Cornwall's Town Meeting Day on Monday evening, voters passed a non-binding resolution to oppose the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.
The vote was 126 to 16 in Cornwall, and 63 to 38 in Shoreham.
The towns were voting on plans for a $70 million project would pipe natural gas from Middlebury to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., passing through Cornwall and Shoreham and eventually under Lake Champlain.
Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark says the project would help business owners and residents cut their energy bills and reduce emissions.
The state has approved plans to extend pipeline to Middlebury.
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