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Backlit banners at a rally before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission scoping meeting. Recorder/Paul Franz

Berkshire Gas owner buys 2.5% interest in pipeline

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The owner of Berkshire Gas Co. has announced that it will invest in the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would provide natural gas for its customers. UIL Holdings Corp. announced its investment this week in the development of the Northeast Energy Direct project. The pipeline would cross eight Franklin County towns on its 188-mile route from Wright, New York, to …

Earth Matters: Our varied and vibrant Valley vegetation

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Pioneer Valley is a botanist’s paradise, a true hotspot of plant diversity in the state and, indeed New England. But besides pleasing plant geeks, our bounteous flora is the basis for all the animals — birds, insects, furry friends and us — that flourish here, providing food, shelter and a sense of …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area. A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser yellowlegs was seen in Pittsfield. A sora was reported in Belchertown, and an eastern screen-owl …

Your Photos

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bear activity in the yard is unusual for the Faireys of Shutesbury even though they live ¼ mile west Lake Wyola on the Leverett/Shutesbury town line. They’ve never had a bear visit during the day, but this bear …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reduces capacity sought for Northeast Energy Direct project

Friday, July 17, 2015

The company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through Plainfield and eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to Dracut has announced that its formal federal application for the project in October will call for 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, requiring …

Calif. raises stakes in water tussle with farmers

Thursday, July 16, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state …

State Energy Facilities Siting Board schedules hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The public will have another opportunity to sound off about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project — this time before the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board. The board, which is among state agencies participating in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the proposed pipeline …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline compressor proposed for Northfield would be among largest in US

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The 80,000 horsepower compressor station proposed to be built in Northfield would be among the very largest compressor stations along natural gas pipelines in the United States, according to a federal listing. In fact, the three 80,000-horsepower compressor stations planned in Northfield, Windsor, New Hampshire, and Hillsborough, New …

Residents, businesses and nonprofits in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland eligible for solar-energy discounts

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland consortium has enough households signed up to qualify for the deepest discount possible on the purchase of solar-energy panel systems — at a $3.40-per-watt base price. With 38 households on board to buy photovoltaic systems that will collectively generate up to 285 kilowatts (kW) of …

Two dead, 6 missing after floods hit Ky. community

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

FLAT GAP, Ky. — Doris Hardin watched the water rise from the window of her mobile home in rural Johnson County. Her lights flickered off then her neighbor banged on the door, shouting for her to flee. She …

Mount Holyoke Range Landscape Partnership adds about 1,000 acres for preservation

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

HADLEY — About 1,000 acres in the Mount Holyoke Range will be added to a preservation program, bringing the total acreage of protected land in the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom areas to 11,000. Department of Conservation and …

Easthampton’s fish ladder functional; Atlantic salmon, other species, spotted

Monday, July 13, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — After more than a decade of planning, four years of on-and-off construction and $1.35 million, the city’s much-hyped fish ladder is operating and ending its first year of shuttling aquatic species to the upper reaches of …

Police say cause of RI beach blast may remain a mystery

Monday, July 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Investigators have found no physical evidence of an explosion on the ground after a woman on a Rhode Island beach was thrown into a rock jetty, and officials said Monday there may never be an explanation as to what exactly happened. “It could be a …