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Hilltown Voices: Large turnouts in Chesterfield and Goshen approve WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In two of the best-attended special Town Meetings in recent memory, Chesterfield and Goshen this week each overwhelmingly approved spending more than $1 million to help create a regional state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. The project will be built and operated by WiredWest, a cooperative seeking to provide broadband to 32 towns in western Massachusetts. On Monday, Goshen voters unanimously approved $1.4 million as the town’s share of the project, and …

Federal regulators plan July 29 meeting in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, which would cross Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns en route from …

Environmental groups question Beacon Hill Institute report on pipeline-created jobs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. states that construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, with ties to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, is being called into question by …

Hilltown Voices: Putting horsepower to work at Williamsburg farm, R.H. Conwell School staff, Plainfield open house, Chesterfield picnic

Saturday, June 27, 2015

On Valley View Farm, horsepower is not a term that defines engine strength. On the contrary, it refers to two, robust 10 year-old Belgian Brabant draft horses named Lynne and Clyde that are being used to plow and …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

DPU rejects petitions by pipeline opponents for formal intervenor status in Berkshire Gas Co. contract case

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

By a single action, the state Department of Public Utilities has formally rejected three petitions related to the long-term contract proposed by the Berkshire Gas Co. with the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. With three days of evidentiary hearings scheduled to begin Wednesday …

Environmental coalition opposed to pipeline seeks halt to DPU proceedings on Berkshire Gas contract

Thursday, June 18, 2015

An anti-pipeline environmental coalition is calling on the Supreme Judicial Court to halt state proceedings on a request by Berkshire Gas Co. to tap into the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Coalition members are concerned that the state Department of Public Utilities is …

Hilltown Voices: Fire Safety field day at New Hingham Elementary School, dance in Goshen, book reading in Plainfield

Saturday, June 13, 2015

When an alarm sounds, firefighters waste no time jumping into turnout gear, grabbing their equipment, racing to the scene of a fire, rescuing those in harm’s way and putting out the flames. On Wednesday, that is what teams of pint-sized “firefighters” will be doing at the New Hingham …

Northfield officials’ visit to Pennsylvania compressor station finds no ‘serious concentration of issues’

Saturday, June 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, each have about 3,000 residents, and the rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, which has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted by the gas …

Public has opportunities to participate in review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, June 12, 2015

As Thursday night’s state Department of Public Utilities hearing in Greenfield demonstrated, there are a variety of ways people can make their voices heard over the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The DPU review of a long-term supply agreement between the developer of the Northeast Energy Direct project …

UMass report details impact of Tennessee Gas Pipeline on environmentally sensitive areas in Franklin County

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline is built across 35 miles of Franklin County, it could affect a greater share of fragile landscape than in other parts of the state. Here, at least 42 percent …

State attorney general wants Department of Public Utilities to delay review of Berkshire Gas agreement with Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When the state Department of Public Utilities airs public comments Thursday on the agreement by Berkshire Gas Co. to buy natural gas from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, it will do so over the state attorney general’s objection. Thursday’s public hearing is scheduled to …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline seeks to buy 242 acres in Northfield for 80,000-horsepower compressor station

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Criticized by Congressman James McGovern and Northfield town officials for being slow to identify the site of its planned 80,000-horsepower compressor station, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has now released details about the location of the site. The map released last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory …