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Fire destroys barn at Plainfield’s Earthdance Creative Living

Monday, November 23, 2015

PLAINFIELD — A Monday morning fire destroyed a barn on the grounds of Earthdance Creative Living. Firefighters were called to the 252 Prospect St. property shortly before 7 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief David Alvord. The barn — located about 60 feet from the main building at the artist-run workshop and retreat center — was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. Firefighters were at the scene for about …

Coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire call for joint federal review of all pipeline proposals in region

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Three municipal coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have called for a consolidated federal review of all pipeline proposals in the region. A letter sent Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from the coalitions representing 38 communities follows release last week of a study commissioned by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that concludes additional gas pipeline capacity is not needed to lower …

Deerfield Academy joins opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy has joined the growing opposition among the area’s private schools to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Spokesman David Thiel said the school’s trustees voted at a recent meeting to adopt a resolution opposing the project, which would pass within a half-mile of the school’s core campus as it crosses through Deerfield and …

Attorney general urges federal regulators to more thoroughly review impact of natural gas pipeline

Monday, October 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has again urged federal regulators to undertake a more thorough review of the impact on communities and the environment of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The proposed 30-inch diameter, 400-plus-mile-long natural gas pipeline would …

Hilltown Voices: Groups protest pipeline staging area on agricultural land in Plainfield

Saturday, October 17, 2015

On Saturday at noon, demonstrators will gather to voice their objections to a staging area on East Main Street where Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline, would store 30-inch diameter by 50-foot-long pipes and other materials for the construction of the proposed 412-mile interstate Northeast …

Franklin County towns create coalition to oppose natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A group of Franklin County towns that would be affected by the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline have formed a coalition dedicated to fighting the project. Organized as the Municipal Coalition Against The Pipeline, the group met Tuesday night at the Greenfield Public Library …

Impact on property values a concern for residents along route of proposed natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — With a natural gas pipeline and accompanying compressor station proposed to be built in western Massachusetts, many residents along the expected route have found themselves worrying about how it could affect the value of their homes. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Hilltown Voices: Benefit program in Plainfield combines love of nature and music

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Plainfield Congregational Church on Sunday will host a unique program with two presentations on the Mahican-Mohawk Recreational Trail and a performance by a classical ensemble called “Musical Visions of Nature.” The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest and the Franklin Land Trust, to …

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg describes ‘very,very fruitful’ discussions with federal officials over gas pipeline

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reporting on what he called “very, very fruitful” discussions with federal energy officials in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Thursday that active participation by the public and the states can be helpful in getting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider whether a proposed gas …

Berkshire Gas files with DPU for 13 percent rate decrease for winter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last winter’s record cold saw gas heating bills of many area residents soar, but Berkshire Gas has asked the state for a 13 percent rate decrease for the coming winter from last year’s prices. If approved by the Department of Public Utilities, the new rate is expected to …