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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 …

Huge herring haul worries rival fishermen, environmentalists

Monday, July 13, 2015

ROCKLAND, Maine — A little fish that New Englanders have sought since the Colonial era is at the center of a battle over how to manage massive boats that trawl swaths of ocean off the East Coast. The …

Scientists at Brown study fungus that’s killing bats

Sunday, July 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Researchers in Rhode Island may be one step closer to figuring out how a mysterious disease known as white-nose syndrome is killing off bats across North America. A team of scientists led by Brown University …

Look Park’s new sentinel

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Earth Talk: Take care in disposing unwanted old paint

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What is the best way to recycle my old and/or unwanted paint, primer and stains? — Kim Beeler, Lake Oswego, Oregon Has one of the many popular shows on HGTV inspired you to renovate your own …

Valley Views: Brown creeper

Friday, July 10, 2015

Brown Creeper Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Combs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on Combs Road in Easthampton is a great place to discover all sorts of birds and wildlife. On …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A short-billed dowitcher was found Wednesday on Silver Lake in Pittsfield. Five green herons and an orchard oriole were reported in Longmeadow. Upland sandpipers …

Your Photos

Friday, July 10, 2015

Opponents seek delay in federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast (PLAN) has joined two other coalitions in asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a delay in the “scoping” process for environmental review of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project to allow time for analyzing project revisions. The company …

Panel finds fracking uses chemicals with possible contaminating effects

Thursday, July 9, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Hydraulic fracturing uses a host of highly toxic chemicals - the impacts of which are for the most part unknown - that could be contaminating drinking water supplies, wildlife and crops, according to a report released Thursday by a California science panel. The long-awaited final …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

IN THE NEWS Green movement gains momentum in sports CHICAGO — Andrew Ference was at the beginning of his NHL career when he met Dr. David Suzuki, who hosts a TV show in Canada. The conversation with the award-winning scientist changed the life of the young defenseman. Ference …