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Hinesburg's Geprags Park and the Vermont Gas Pipeline

In 2014, the Hinesburg Selectboard reached an agreement with Vermont Gas for an easement through Geprags Park for the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline. Due to a covenant on the deed to Geprags Park, the lands of which were donated to the Town in 1991, the use of this land is restricted to specific public purposes. Therefore, despite the agreement between the Town and Vermont Gas, Vermont Gas is invoking eminent domain to attempt to overcome the covenant and secure the easement.

The eminent domain legal process against Geprags Park is currently before the Vermont Public Service Board in Docket 8643. Details of this issue did not come to light until February 15, 2016 during a meeting of the Hinesburg Selectboard. Some Hinesburg residents quickly organized to put up a fight to protect Geprags Park. Over the next two days, a few Hinesburg residents submitted requests to the Public Service Board to extend the legal deadlines in order to allow for more participation. In an empowering turn of events, the Public Service Board listened to these requests and extended the deadlines, though the schedule remains tight.

Since then, more and more Hinesburg residents are becoming aware of the need to protect the park. Time is of the essence as Vermont Gas wants to conclude this case before it gets out of their control. Some Hinesburg residents have already applied to be intervenors in the docket - that is, to have an official seat at the table for these proceedings.

In addition to the legal strategy, raising awareness among Hinesburg residents will be a key factor in protecting Geprags Park. There are countless creative ways to get the word out to friends and neighbors, and you can start right now by calling your neighbors, sharing this website with folks, and asking questions at Town Meeting.

Making the case to protect Hinesburg and Geprags Park

Read attorney James Dumont's letter to the Hinesburg Conservation Commission making the case that the current stipulation between the Town and Vermont Gas is not the best option for the Town and Geprags Park.

Map of proposed pipeline through Geprags Park

Calendar of Meetings and Deadlines

Timeline and Relevant Documents
Click here to read all filings in Vermont Public Service Board, Docket 8643.