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Quabbin region joins Global People’s Climate March for the Earth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, citizens from the Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Common in Athol. The common purpose of the international marches are to push …

Educators at Charlemont forum say broadband access now essential part of school experience

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at …

Fire destroys barn at Plainfield’s Earthdance Creative Living

Monday, November 23, 2015

PLAINFIELD — A Monday morning fire destroyed a barn on the grounds of Earthdance Creative Living. Firefighters were called to the 252 Prospect St. property shortly before 7 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief David Alvord. The barn — located about 60 feet from the main building at the artist-run workshop and retreat center — was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. …

Coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire call for joint federal review of all pipeline proposals in region

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Three municipal coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have called for a consolidated federal review of all pipeline proposals in the region. A letter sent Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from the coalitions representing 38 communities follows release last week of a study commissioned by Massachusetts …

Deerfield Academy joins opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy has joined the growing opposition among the area’s private schools to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Spokesman David Thiel said the school’s trustees voted at a recent meeting to adopt a resolution opposing the project, which would …

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline applaud report commissioned by Massachusetts attorney general’s office

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A new study of the region’s energy demands and reliability through 2030, commissioned by the state attorney general’s office, is being hailed by people who have questioned the need for the Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline expected to be formally proposed Friday. However, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., …

Study commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey finds no need for increased gas supply

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A new energy reliability report commissioned by state Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England is unlikely to face electric reliability issues in the next 15 years and that energy efficiency and “demand-response” mechanisms can better provide …

Solarize PAB signs up 104 residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland residents have signed up for 104 solar photovoltaic energy systems through the Solarize PAB (Plainfield, Ashfield, Buckland) purchasing collective, which will result in about 800 kilowatts of solar-produced energy to be produced in those …

Natural gas pipeline opponent seeks extension for prospective intervenors to file with federal commission

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

On the eve of the expected filing by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. of its formal application for its controversial Northeast Energy Direct project, a key opponent is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend to 45 days its deadline for prospective intervenors to apply for that …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Litter gatherers honored as ‘Heroes of the Ocean’ BOSTON — Volunteers who remove plastic bags, bottles and other litter from Massachusetts’ beaches are being honored this week as “Heroes of the Ocean.” The environmentalist group Women Working for Oceans and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, in …

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst votes to oppose Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline

Monday, November 2, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst religious congregation recently voted without dissent to oppose construction of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, possibly the first faith-based group in the region to go on record against the project that would pass through western Massachusetts. Members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst …

Preparation and economic forces combine for lower winter electricity rate increases than last year

Thursday, October 29, 2015

In the wake of a brutal winter that saw some serious sticker shock for residents opening their electric bills, Eversource Energy and National Grid, the region’s two large public utilities, are reporting far milder increases to their rates for the coming season. The general consensus in the energy …

Opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline includes coalitions, nonviolence training

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The fight against the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has been morphing. The nearly 415-mile pipeline, which would cross Plainfield in Hampshire County eight Franklin County towns on its path from Pennsylvania shale …