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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks additional details about Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, October 9, 2015

Federal regulators have sent the proponents of a roughly 420-mile natural gas pipeline planned to cross western Massachusetts a 32-page list of issues they want addressed in the report filed with the formal application for the project later this month. The comments on draft resource reports for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. include a call for listing soils, water sources, endangered wildlife and other …

Deadline extended to Nov. 30 for residents and businesses to sign up for Solarize PAB

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Businesses and homeowners in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland now have until Nov. 30 to sign up for solar electricity systems, at a 20 percent savings from the statewide average cost, through the SolarizeMass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (Solarize PAB) collaborative. The sign-up deadline was originally Sept. 30, but the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources extended the deadline “due to the …

State DPU allows utilities to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price increases, the state’s utility regulators will allow power generators to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. But what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new pipelines such as the one proposed through western Massachusetts. Six months after being asked by …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission still taking comments on pipeline’s environmental impact as deadline passes

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A flurry of comments about the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has turned in recent days to a veritable blizzard as the deadline passed Monday for posting comments on what should be …

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approves long-term contracts for Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The three 20-year contracts to buy gas from the nearly 420-mile pipeline …

Hilltown Voices: Chesterfield blueberry farm wraps up season after battling invasive fly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the last couple of years Bruce Roberts, owner of Roberts Blueberry Farm at 220 South Street in Chesterfield, has had to end his season early due to damage done by a newly introduced fruit fly. This year the farm has made a bit of a come back …

Lightning strike causes two small fires in Plainfield home Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Minor damage was reported in two small fires sparked by a lightning strike at a Summit Street home Tuesday morning. The house, at 92 Summit St., caught fire after lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled through a wire fence and into the building, starting small …

Robert Aeschback of Plainfield resigns as Mohawk School Committee chairman

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — After serving on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee for almost 12 years, Chairman Robert Aeschback of Plainfield announced that Wednesday’s school committee meeting was his last. “I will be moving from Plainfield to North Adams in September,” he explained before adjourning the meeting. “I’ve enjoyed …

Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland has 46 contracts signed by homeowners

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A total of 46 homeowners in the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland partnership have signed contracts for solar panel systems with the potential to generate a total of 317 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic electricity. This is an average of 6.9 kW per household, above the statewide Solarize Mass average of 6.5 …

Pipeline opponents concerned about bill in state Legislature seeking easement on part of Otis State Forest

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Massachusetts House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Plainfield in Hampshire County …

UMass assessment suggests varying impact of pipeline construction on natural resources

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. in some cases may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a Natural Resource Assessment report, …

Hilltown Voices: Berkshire Bank closes branch in Haydenville, Dunkin’ Donuts expected to move into Main Street space

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Berkshire Bank closed its branch at 142 Main St. in Haydenville on July 31, but the location apparently will not remain vacant for long because Dunkin’ Donuts plans to move there, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Elizabeth Mach, vice president of marketing at Berkshire Bank, said the …

Opponents again dominate pipeline hearing before state Energy Facilities Siting Board

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. again dominated a public hearing Wednesday night — this one a session before the state Energy Facilities Siting Board that included several adamant declarations that no pipeline will be built here. Many …