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Watershed association scolds Tennessee Gas Pipeline report for lack of transparency

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the eve of the region’s first federal public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the company’s most recent report has come under heavy criticism from the Greater Northfield Watershed Association. The association wrote to FERC in response to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s release of a 79-volume report Friday about the 400-plus-mile pipeline that would cross eight Franklin County towns. The Greater Northfield Watershed Association has …

Endangered butterfly recovering in some of its range

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago. “This project has been unbelievably rewarding,” said Neil Gifford, conservation director …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. files report with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. submitted its long-awaited Draft Environmental Report for the Northeast Energy Direct project Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, three business days before a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School. The 79-volume report, posted Friday afternoon by FERC, is the first detailed description since March of the nearly $5 billion project that is …

Valley Views: Heron and Red-wing

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Earth Talk: Conservatives blame liberals for California drought

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested? — Betsy Martin, Butte, Montana While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities, Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org ∎ Invasive Plant Removal at Graves Farm Sanctuary — Removal of Asian bittersweet vine Saturday, 9 a.m. …

Rosenberg wants feds to delay hearing in Greenfield next week on Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone a public hearing in Greenfield next week on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline project to give people more time to review the company’s delated filing …

Pan Am settles alleged violations with EPA

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Water Act at the East Deerfield Railyard and another of its railyards in …

World mayors at Vatican seek ‘bold climate agreement’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth’s warming …

Medicinal herbs

Monday, July 20, 2015

Website offers civilized solutions to wildlife woes

Monday, July 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking for a civilized solution to a wildlife problem? Residents of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia have a new online resource. The site — wildlifehelp.org — was created by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife …

Scotland in the park

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Valley Views: Injured Hummingbird

Friday, July 17, 2015

Injured Hummingbird Route 63, Leverett Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown This poor little thing flew into a screen. I was at my massage therapist’s house last month wandering around outside with my camera, as I had …