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Workers clear ice and snow from switches at the East Deerfield Rail Yard. Recorder/Paul Franz

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. Lynn Rose, a former member of the town’s Planning Board who has been working with Pan Am for 15 years to get …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to host Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A conference Saturday will showcase some of the best conservation and ecological preservation work in the Pioneer Valley. The Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at 127 Combs Road will host its first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference Saturday. Free and open to the public, the conference will highlight some of the conservation and ecological work being done by local organizations such as Trustees …

Ice slows business, traffic on NE, Midwest waterways

Monday, March 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Waterways around the Northeast and the Midwest are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places, making life miserable for people who make their living on the water. Portland resident Scott Werner said this winter has been “a horror show” for him and other lobster fishermen. He …

Millions at risk from rapid sea rise in swampy Sundarbans

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BALI ISLAND, India — The tiny hut sculpted out of mud at the edge of the sea is barely large enough for Bokul Mondol and his family to lie down. The water has taken everything else from them, …

Canada goose settles in at Sunderland garage

Monday, February 23, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A goose showed up on Sharon Wysk’s doorstep Sunday afternoon and stayed, apparently comfortable, healthy, and interested in going indoors. At 4 p.m., a Canada goose stood on one foot inside Wysk’s garage, waiting patiently on the concrete step to the interior door with one eye …

Valley Views: Junco with snowflake

Friday, February 20, 2015

Junco with Snowflake Newton Street, South Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley During the morning snowstorm Jan. 24, I set up my tripod and camera on my back porch in South Hadley hoping to …

National Grid joins Eversource Energy as developer of Access Northeast project to increase natural gas supply

Thursday, February 19, 2015

National Grid is joining the former Northeast Utilities in a $3 billion project to bring an additional 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to the region for electricity generation. Eversource Energy — formerly Northeast Utilities — and Houston-based Spectra Energy on Wednesday helped announce that …

Roofs across NE sag under weight of snow

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — No building is safe from the incredible stress of the 8 feet of snow that has piled up on roofs across New England, and things are expected to get worse before they get better, experts said …

From the Gulf to New England, cold grips nation

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the South. While some shivered, others bundled up …

T’d off: Transit system woes irk Boston commuters

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON — Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston’s transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month. Commuter, subway and …

Vermont Yankee decommissioning subject of Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Decommissioning plans for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be aired at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Road. The meeting will review the Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report for the 42-year-old power plant in Vernon that …

Cold snap brings snow to South

Monday, February 16, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Snow swirled sideways in Kentucky and the typically bustling state capital of Frankfort came to a frozen halt Monday as a storm walloped parts of the South, which unlike the Northeast, had been mostly spared …

More frigid weather to follow latest storm

Sunday, February 15, 2015

BOSTON — Another weekend, another major snowstorm: The latest system to sweep the Northeast brought another foot to Boston — on top of 6 feet that has fallen over the last month — and tested New Englanders who …