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Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. The meeting, funded as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, is intended …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Rep. John Scibak says state money to repair Lake Warner dam in Hadley likely to return

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HADLEY — Faced with a $125,000 setback last year, the dam at Lake Warner — also known as North Hadley Pond — will likely be repaired with restored state money, according to state Rep. John Scibak. On Saturday, …

Concern raised over possible spread of Southern pine beetle to pitch-pine forests in Montague Plains

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s a long way from the home it has known for decades, but the Southern pine beetle has made it as far north as Connecticut, leaving experts to wonder whether it will spread to pitch-pine forests like Lake …

‘No smoking gun’ in UMass natural resources assessment of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A detailed report on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route through western Massachusetts points to its impact on protected open space dedicated to agriculture and conservation, and especially on Franklin County’s primary habitat for rare species habitat, wetlands wildlife habitat and communities of biodiversity. If there is anything …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing files legislation to promote clean energy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A state Senate bill encouraging utilities to adopt policies that incorporate energy storage systems to make more efficient use of solar, wind and other renewable sources is one of several initiatives by Sen. Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield to reshape the state’s energy future and keep its position as …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

IN THE NEWS Apple steps up efforts to go green in China Apple says it’s boosting efforts to go green in China by partnering with conservationists to promote sustainable forestry for paper production. CEO Tim Cook also said in a statement Sunday that he will try to get …

Co-op Power Energy Cooperative needs to raise final $850,000 to complete biodiesel factory in Greenfield

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The member-owned co-op that is trying to build a $4.2 million biodiesel factory in the Greenfield Industrial Park is racing toward a June 1 deadline on construction bids to raise what it says is the final $850,000 for the project that has been in the works for more …

Massachusetts Envirothon at the Quabbin Reservoir a test for high school student teams

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some 250 students from across the state will gather at the Quabbin Reservoir Thursday to participate in a unique competition that will test their environmental knowledge, field work, problem-solving abilities and communication skills, as they take part in …

Eversource seeks supply charge rate decrease beginning July 1

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eversource announced Monday that it has filed with the state Department of Public Utilities to lower its supply charge rate by more than 31 percent beginning July 1, reflecting a drop from its historically high charge over the past six months. If the basic service supply price, which …

Easthampton free seed library to open as a way to combat food insecurity

Monday, May 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Though words like “local,” “organic,” and “open-pollinated” are often found on high-priced food labels, members of a food advocacy group called Feasthampton say quality, garden-grown food shouldn’t be a luxury item. That’s why they’re starting the …