By: Xander Landen for VTDigger, Dec. 6, 2018

The Department of Public Service has joined opponents of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline in asking the state to expand its investigation of the line’s construction.

In a motion filed with the Public Utility Commission last month, James Dumont, an attorney representing residents in Monkton and Hinesburg, asked the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to determine whether an independent licensed engineer signed off on Vermont Gas’ plans to build the natural gas pipeline that runs between Middlebury and Colchester.

The state already approved an investigation into the pipeline’s construction after Dumont alleged that the process did not comply with state guidelines, and that the pipeline poses safety risks.

The PUC is in the process of retaining a third-party investigator to look into whether the pipeline’s construction met proper requirements.