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Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but to keep businesses from leaving. Having Tennessee Gas Pipeline as the only supplier for Berkshire Gas, with all service to Franklin, Hampshire …

Earth Matters: Birdwatching for a cause — but mostly for fun

Friday, April 24, 2015

There are many reasons to watch birds. Developing identification skills, appreciating ecological and evolutionary relationships, appreciating the beauty of birds, visiting interesting places, building lists of species one has seen and enjoying good company are among them. Once a year I have an additional reason to watch birds — supporting environmental education at …

Valley Views: Green Heron, Juvenile

Friday, April 24, 2015

Green Heron, Juvenile University of Massachusetts Campus Pond, Amherst Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown Last summer, I wandered around the pond at the University of Massachusetts watching the antics of a juvenile green heron. The young ones are a lot of fun to watch because they’re kind of goofy. So are …

Sky gazers flock to Faeroes for total solar eclipse

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TORSHAVN, Faeroe Islands — For months, even years, hotels on the remote Faeroe Islands have been fully booked by fans who don’t want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now the sky gazers just hope the clouds …

Florida manatee count tallies record high

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MIAMI — Two years after Florida tallied a record number of manatee deaths, state biologists announced Monday that they have documented a near stampede of wintering sea cows in recent months. An annual statewide survey, conducted over several days in February, counted a record high of 6,063 manatees …

Boston breaks seasonal snowfall record

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s miserable winter is now also its snowiest season going back to 1872. The official measurement of 108.6 inches at Logan International Airport Sunday night topped a season record of 107.9 inches set in 1995-96, …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline files environmental report with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Friday, March 13, 2015

Proponents of a natural gas pipeline that would cross western Massachusetts passed a key milestone Friday by filing its first draft environmental impact report on the roughly $5 billion project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is proposing that its Northeast Energy Direct project …

Valley Views: Cardinal Way Pond Mythic Monster

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cardinal Way Pond Mythic Monster Cardinal Way and Burts Pit Road, Florence Photograph and text by Larry Cadotette of Florence This small pound, located near the intersection of Cardinal Way and Burts Pit Road in Florence, is a …

Earth Matters: Global is local: How the climate is changing in the Northeast

Friday, March 13, 2015

Climate change is a huge issue for the entire planet and it touches all parts of our lives. We can see it right here in our region. The good news is that citizens and institutions are responding. New …

Final stages for cleaning two polluted sites at East Deerfield Rail Yard

Friday, March 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — The cleanup of two polluted sites in the East Deerfield Rail Yard is in its final stages. Lyndsey Colburn, a project manager from Environmental Resource Management, the environmental consulting firm hired by rail yard owner Pan Am Railways to oversee the project, told the Select Board …

Historic Deerfield denies permission for Tennessee Gas to survey near Pine Hill

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield now officially counts itself among the growing number of groups standing against the Tennessee Gas Co. proposed pipeline, which is expected to pass through the museum’s property in the North Meadows section of Deerfield. Museum President Philip Zea, in a letter to James D. …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

What you need to know about the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the biggest environmental controversies of the Obama administration got locked up in Congress again this week, when the Republican-controlled Senate failed to override President Barack Obama’s recent veto of legislation that would have forced a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. From the halls of Congress …