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Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing the $4.2 million biodiesel plant. It will cap a six-month campaign to raise the final $850,000 …

Whately seeks bids for work stablizing banks of the Mill River

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHATELY — Town officials are seeking bids from contractors to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate two nearby wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. The town will accept bids until Sept. 16, and a mandatory prebid conference is scheduled for Wednesday at the project site. The conference will be hosted by Nick …

Obama heads north of Arctic Circle

Thursday, September 3, 2015

KOTZEBUE, Alaska — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global warming. Obama’s visit to Kotzebue, a town of some 3,000 people in the Alaska Arctic, …

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg arranges Sept. 10 hearing in Greenfield for more gas pipeline testimony

Thursday, August 13, 2015

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has arranged for another hearing on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project for Sept. 10 at Greenfield Community College. Rosenberg earlier arranged for the state Department of Public Utilities to conduct a public hearing in Greenfield during June on the pipeline project and …

Deerfield residents voice concerns about gas pipeline’s impact on water supply, homes, quarry and rail yard

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Residents voiced their concerns Wednesday night about the proposed Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline, and safety of the town’s drinking water and the proximity of the project to homes, a quarry, an active rail yard and power lines topped the list. The public hearing was held …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

IN THE NEWS Volunteers needed for Source to Sea Cleanup The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 19th annual Source to Sea Cleanup will be held Sept. 25 and 26. People may participate by reporting a trash site in need of cleaning, joining a cleanup group, or organizing and registering …

Western Massachusetts offers abundance of trails for novice and experienced hikers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

If you have a love for the outdoors and a yearning to connect with the natural world, western Massachusetts offers outstanding opportunities for walking and hiking for both novice hikers and experienced trekkers. The beauty of living in …

Resources for hikers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Information on hiking in western Massachusetts is available from these organizations: ∎ Pioneer Valley Hiking Club — www.pioneervalleyhikingclub.org ∎ Appalachian Mountain Club — www.amcberkshire.org ∎ Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation — www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr For a comprehensive listing of trails to hike and walk in western Massachusetts, complete with …

Thomas Leue of Ashfield perfects Yellow Heat burner for waste vegetable oil

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ASHFIELD — When Thomas Leue of Ashfield took an offer in the early 1970s to travel to Point Barrow, Alaska, the country’s northernmost point, to take a job as a lab technician on a biology research project, he …

Pipeline opponents concerned about bill in state Legislature seeking easement on part of Otis State Forest

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Massachusetts House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Plainfield in Hampshire County …

UMass assessment suggests varying impact of pipeline construction on natural resources

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. in some cases may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a Natural Resource Assessment report, …

Eastern snakes fall to fungal malady

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Vt. — Hidden on hillsides in a remote part of western Vermont, a small number of venomous timber rattlesnakes slither among the rocks, but their isolation can’t protect them from a mysterious fungus spreading across the …

Deerfield seeks public reaction to documents on natural gas pipeline

Friday, August 7, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Board will hold a public comment session Wednesday where residents will be able to express opinions on two documents the town is crafting about their concerns surrounding Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project. The documents will be submitted to the …