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Federal regulators approve request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to increase winter capacity

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Federal regulators on Wednesday granted last-minute approval for the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to pump more water from the Connecticut River, boosting storage capacity at its mountaintop reservoir for four months beginning Monday. FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. will be able to add 22 feet of capacity to its 5-billion-gallon reservoir through March 31 to address winter electricity needs in New England. FirstLight’s application, filed with the Federal …

Thanksgiving travel ‘a little hairy’ across region

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk of …

Businesses invited to briefings in Hadley, Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A statewide industrial group and local chambers of commerce have scheduled by-invitation-only meetings Tuesday in Hadley and Greenfield to brief businesses about the project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the co-sponsor of the “business community energy briefing” sessions. The meeting in Hadley was organized with the Greater Northampton and Amherst Area chambers of commerce, but Dawn …

UMass reviews environmental impact of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Monday, November 10, 2014

The University of Massachusetts is reviewing the state’s environmental resources that could be affected by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed 128-mile route across the state. The university’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a series of reports beginning this month that will put the …

Study: Dead zones getting worse with warming

Monday, November 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones …

Rockies, Midwest get wintry blast

Monday, November 10, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. — A blast of wintry weather blew into parts of the Rockies and Upper Midwest on Monday, bringing a foot of snow in some areas, along with plunging temperatures. The cold weather is expected to eventually …

Northeasst Utilities confident that regulators will approve controversial Northern Pass electrical transmission line

Friday, November 7, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The utility company proposing a 187-mile electrical transmission line across New Hampshire said Friday that it’s confident state and federal regulators will agree to a plan by the middle of 2015. On a call with investors, Northeast Utilities says if the proposal is approved, construction …

Environmentalists: Pipeline company threatens NJ residents

Friday, November 7, 2014

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A company that wants to build an oil pipeline through North Jersey is threatening to take homeowners to court if they don’t allow the company access to their properties to determine the pipeline’s path, environmentalists said Thursday. A letter sent to a Parsippany resident in …

Gov. Brown: GOP will climb on bullet train idea

Friday, November 7, 2014

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown played down concerns Thursday about Republicans killing the state’s $68 billion bullet train, saying that “they’re going to join the chorus” in support of high-speed rail once construction around Fresno and Bakersfield gains momentum. “Look, we have the ingredients to get …

Valley Views: Bumblebee on aster, Amherst Rail Trail

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bumblebee on Aster Amherst Rail Trail, Station Road, Amherst Photograph and text by Anne E. Sly, South Hadley September 9, 2014 One encounters many different asters when out walking during the fall season. My favorite is the beautiful …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A brant and 38 black scoters were on the Ludlow Reservoir. A Lapland longspur was found in Amherst. Seven brant, 59 long-tailed ducks, 91 …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline postpones meetings on project until after the holidays

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has postponed its series of open house meetings for its Northeast Energy Direct proposal, some of which had been scheduled for early December in Orange, Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, to give the public and officials more time to review its plans filed Wednesday …

Pilgrim Pipeline threatens New Jersey residents with court action if denied access to their properties

Thursday, November 6, 2014

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A company that wants to build an oil pipeline through North Jersey is threatening to take homeowners to court if they don’t allow the company access to their properties to determine the pipeline’s path, environmentalists said Thursday. A letter sent to a Parsippany resident in …