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State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues remain, from demographic divisions in the state’s …

Deerfield threatens to arrest anyone on private property without permission in connection with gas pipeline

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DEERFIELD — Local police will be used to protect property owners who refuse to allow Kinder Morgan pipeline surveyors or any other agency or individual onto their land with or without an order from the state Department of Public Utilities. Kinder Morgan, which plans a natural gas pipeline through Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns, including Deerfield, has asked the …

Adam Hinds to seek state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said that he would not seek the Senate post which he had been seriously considering. Downing announced last week that he would not seek …

Residents near proposed pipeline compressor advised to measure current air quality

Monday, February 1, 2016

DEERFIELD — If abutters to a proposed natural gas compressor station in Northfield are concerned about what it would do to the air they breathe, they would do well to take note of the current air quality, according …

Your Photos

Friday, January 29, 2016

Claire Mach of Northampton says she and her sister, Betty, always take to the back roads on Sundays to enjoy the countryside. “I am always amazed at the birds and animals we see from inside the car,” she …

Pittsfield state representative will not seek open Senate seat

Friday, January 29, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvoir of Pittsfield said Thursday she plans to forgo a bid to replace Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, and instead seek re-election to her House seat. That leaves state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, as the key hopeful considering a run for the Senate seat representing …

Two House members in Berkshire County may seek Senate seat now held by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Two Berkshire County Democrats say that the announcement by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing that he will not seek a sixth term this year not only is a tremendous loss for his western Massachusetts constituents but also a possible opportunity for their own careers. “I’m very sad to …

Consortium of conservation groups, land trusts opposes pipeline intervention by Irving Oil Terminals

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A consortium of conservation groups and land trusts is protesting a petition to intervene in the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The consortium also called for a formal hearing into what it says are inaccuracies in the company’s filing with the Federal …

Researchers who studied gas pipeline compressor in New York to present findings at Frontier Regional

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DEERFIELD — A team of researchers that studied the health effects of a 12,000-horsepower gas pipeline compressor in Minisink, New York, will present its findings at Frontier Regional High School from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The presentation is co-sponsored by Deerfield and Northfield. People are advised to …

Retiring state Sen. Benjamin Downing says energy reform a priority during final year

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing said among the priorities in his final year in the Legislature is reforming state energy policies. Downing on Monday announced that he will not seek re-election to a sixth term this year. In …

State Department of Public Utilities schedules hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s request for access to private properties

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The state Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a March 30 public hearing in Greenfield on the petition by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. that would require landowners to provide access to more than 400 private properties to conduct surveys for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. …

Franklin Regional Council of Governments seeks federal hearing on need for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Focusing on whether the proposed 416-mile Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is even needed, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments has called for federal regulators to conduct formal evidentiary hearings to resolve that “particularly controversial issue.” The COG has not taken a …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline protestors make 3-day walk through Western Mass. to oppose the project and commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DEERFIELD — A crowd of peaceful protesters are trekking part of the route of the proposed natural-gas pipeline from Northfield to Plainfield, to both commemorate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to put a stop …