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Protesters picket outside the meeting about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline held for Franklin County Chamber of Comemrce members Tuesday at the Greenfield Community College Downtown Center. Recorder/Paul Franz

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with an affiliate of Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network in its formal filing for intervenor status in the state Department of Public Utilities proceeding …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, McGovern and attorneys for a coalition of environmental groups …

Fed. data: As oil production soars, so has number of pipeline leaks

Friday, May 22, 2015

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 …

Earth Matters: Climate change: A local group takes on a global issue

Friday, May 22, 2015

The year 2014 was the warmest ever recorded. Every region of the United States except Hawaii has seen more extreme precipitation episodes in the last 10 years, led by the Northeast with a stunning 71 percent increase. This …

Bird Sightings

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Clay-colored sparrows have been found singing in Hadley and on Mount Greylock. Three snowy egrets were seen in Savoy, and two brant and a …

Calif. farmers with old rights face water cuts

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts …

Ruptured pipe spreads oil, fouls Calif. beaches

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GOLETA, Calif. — An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 …

Storm system pushes east after drenching Plains

Sunday, May 17, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — A powerful storm system stretched from Texas to Minnesota on Sunday, bringing heavy rains, flash flooding and the possibility of more severe weather. Scattered severe storms were expected to develop Sunday afternoon and evening in …

Your Photos: Bears at Smith Academy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Earth Talk: China building a green wall to stave off encroaching desert

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What is the Great Green Wall of China? — Jacob Williston, Tempe, Arizona Unlike the Great Wall of China, a 5,000-mile fortification dating back to the 7th century BC that separates northern China from the Mongolian …

Valley Views: Blue heron and Red-winged Blackbird

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blue heron and Red-Winged Blackbird Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, Bark Haul Road, Longmeadow Photograph and text by Margaret “Pedge” Daniels, Longmeadow This great blue heron thought he’d found a sweet spot to fish at Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge …

Canada to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030

Saturday, May 16, 2015

TORONTO — Canada announced Friday it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government said it formally submitted its target to the United …

State approves summer electric rates for Eversource, with average customer saving $22 per month

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the basic service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold-weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using 500 …