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Mark Strszko of Northampton trims a year's worth of new growth from the top of a euonymus alatus, or burning bush, on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton for a client on Wednesday.

A little off the top

Monday, June 29, 2015

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Environmentalists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to lift what they call arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage solar panel use in the state. The so-called “net-metering” program allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the grid in exchange for credit on …

Environmental groups question Beacon Hill Institute report on pipeline-created jobs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. states that construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, with ties to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, is being called into question by …

Valley Views: Immature Bald Eagle

Friday, June 12, 2015

Opponents of pipeline and process used by DPU dominate hearing in Greenfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

People who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the agency’s process itself, in addition to the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., which would …

Public has opportunities to participate in review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, June 12, 2015

As Thursday night’s state Department of Public Utilities hearing in Greenfield demonstrated, there are a variety of ways people can make their voices heard over the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The DPU review of a long-term supply agreement between the developer of the Northeast Energy Direct project …

UMass report details impact of Tennessee Gas Pipeline on environmentally sensitive areas in Franklin County

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline is built across 35 miles of Franklin County, it could affect a greater share of fragile landscape than in other parts of the state. Here, at least 42 percent …

State attorney general wants Department of Public Utilities to delay review of Berkshire Gas agreement with Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When the state Department of Public Utilities airs public comments Thursday on the agreement by Berkshire Gas Co. to buy natural gas from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, it will do so over the state attorney general’s objection. Thursday’s public hearing is scheduled to …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

IN THE NEWS Healthy resource for river users The Connecticut River Watershed Council and 15 partners have launched the 2015 Connecticut River water sampling program. Water samples are tested for E. coli bacteria as an indicator for all types of other pathogens that could potentially make you sick. …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline seeks to buy 242 acres in Northfield for 80,000-horsepower compressor station

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Criticized by Congressman James McGovern and Northfield town officials for being slow to identify the site of its planned 80,000-horsepower compressor station, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has now released details about the location of the site. The map released last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory …

Biologist Boyd Kynard an expert on behavior and ecology of shortnose sturgeon in Connecticut River

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boyd Kynard is an internationally respected scientist, researcher and innovator whose passion is to understand fish behavior, and apply that knowledge to improving the viability of migratory fish species. His target is sturgeon, more specifically here in New …

Shortnose sturgeon evolved in age of the dinosaurs, grinds food in unique gizzard-like organ

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Here are essential facts about the shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) which evolved in the age of the dinosaurs and is unique in appearance and behavior. These primitive-looking fish lack scales and instead have five rows of protective bony plates on their body called scutes. They have a shark-like …

Republicans revive efforts for more aggressive tree removal from national forest lands, win some backing from Obama administration

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California’s national forests. In the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres. Altogether, up to 40 percent …