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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 about nine state wildlife management areas, four wildlife conservation easements, more than 19 miles of state-managed Conservation and Recreation as well as …

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, according to Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter. Walter said the newly formed consortium will …

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 Fire Chief David Alvord said. The feast begins at 1 p.m. Sunday with a menu …

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. … 1

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 …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline project would include compressor station

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The natural gas pipeline project that would pass through Plainfield in Hampshire County and nine Franklin County towns also includes a barn-sized compressor station to maintain pressure on the line. The pumping station, which a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. map of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project shows …

Legislators raise questions about state officials participating in closed-door meetings on natural gas pipeline development

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The report last week that New England state administrators met in closed-door sessions with energy business leaders to craft a plan for billions of dollars of natural gas pipeline development to be passed onto utility ratepayers is raising eyebrows — and further questions — among some area lawmakers. … 2

Experts say allowing gas pipeline on property could be technical violation of some mortgage agreements

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Local experts who are investigating the legal ramifications of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposal for its Northeast Expansion project say allowing a gas pipeline on your property could put you at risk of technically violating your mortgage agreement. A provision in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Development Committee, 3 p.m., Library; Town Meeting Coordinating Committee, 3 p.m., Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m., both at Town Hall; School Committee, 7 p.m., ARHS WEDNESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee, 10 a.m., Library; Personnel Board, 2 p.m., Planning …

Plainfield Fire Department gets refurbished brush truck

Friday, June 13, 2014

After months of planning, the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department has replaced an aging vehicle with a refurbished brush truck, paid for with federal dollars at no cost to the town. The town’s 1953 Dodge had been acquired by …

Plainfield hopes to form consortium with Ashfield and Buckland to save money on solar installations

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ASHFIELD — Plainfield and Ashfield hope to form a three-town consortium with Buckland with the aim of saving homeowners money on residential solar-panel installations. Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter recently attended an Ashfield Select Board meeting to explain a state program, Solarize Mass, that encourages the switch …

Area meetings list for the week of June 8

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Policy Subcommittee of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 5 p.m., ARMS; Select Board, 6 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Public Shade Tree Committee, 4 p.m., Agricultural Commission, 7 p.m., both at Town Hall; District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5:30 p.m., Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, …

Dozens lose power in Hilltowns, hundreds in Berkshire County

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than 50 residents in western Hampshire County and over 350 in Berkshire County lost power Tuesday night as a result of a storm. According to the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. website, 33 customers lost power in Cummington, as well as 16 in Plainfield and three …