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Board of Selectmen chairwoman Carolyn Shores Ness reads the Board of Health's decision to ban the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline project Wednesday night. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Deerfield Board of Health votes to ban Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction within town’s borders

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s borders, calling the project an “unreasonable risk to the health and lives of the residents of Deerfield.” The decision came after more than two months of public hearings on the topic and is based on …

Plainfield, Ashfield, Buckland join to seek state grant reducing cost of installing solar panels for residents, businesses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the 10 to be awarded by the state next month, residents and businesses in these towns …

Pipeline opponents sponsor ‘Not in Anyone’s Back Yard Sales’ fundraiser

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cummington is among the Hilltowns that will join other communities in Massachusetts and New York this weekend in holding a “Not in Anyone’s Back Yard Sales” fundraiser to fight a proposed natural gas pipeline. Other participating towns in the region include Conway, Northfield, Orange, Athol and Royalston. While opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline has been chalked up to an attitude of “not …

Challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik engage in ‘spirited debate’

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Sparks flew this week during a debate between Republican challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent Democratic state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, in what has been an otherwise low-key race in the 1st Franklin District. The forum …

Rising cost of electricity fuels debate over need for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, October 16, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will increase electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers have their bills jump by more than one-third beginning next month because of rising fuel costs to generate that power, but …

Kinder Morgan maintains choice ‘should be clear’ between Tennessee Gas Pipeline and competing proposal

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline or Brand X? Proponents of a pipeline that would pass through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns have responded to a competing proposal that would instead bring natural gas to the region along the coast, telling its potential wholesale natural-gas customers the choice “should be …

Debates set for contested Franklin House seats

Monday, October 13, 2014

Debates are scheduled this week in two House districts where there are contests in the Nov. 4 election. 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 12-term incumbent, and Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, a political newcomer from Deerfield, will participate in a “conversation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves streamlined review of proposed gas pipeline

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a request by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to use an expedited “pre-filing” process for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. That prompted an immediate letter from U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, expressing his “extreme disappointment” in the decision and the …

Massachusets environmental secretary raises concerns about path of proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Friday, September 19, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, arguing the route is a highly sensitive environmental area. A “preliminary, non-exhaustive” state review of the route shows that it would pass through …

Plainfield joins with Ashfield and Buckland to offer Solarize Massachusetts program

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland are forming a consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Massachusetts, and the Clean Energy Center has announced two new rounds of funding grants, …

Plainfield’s 44th annual firefighters barbecue Sunday

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PLAINFIELD — Tickets are going fast as the Plainfield Fire Department gears up for the 44th annual firefighters barbecue, the town’s biggest event of the year. “We are encouraging people not to wait to get their tickets at the door because there may not be any left,” Assistant …

Hilltown Voices

Friday, July 11, 2014

An energetic group of environmental activists is taking to the roads of western Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline proposed to run from Richmond, New York to Dracut, including towns in Franklin County and Plainfield. …

Review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project rescheduled to July 24 at Greenfield Community College

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what Tennessee Gas Pipeline now calls its Northeast Energy Direct project was …