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Quabbin region joins Global People’s Climate March for the Earth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, citizens from the Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Common in Athol. The common purpose of the international marches are to push …

Educators at Charlemont forum say broadband access now essential part of school experience

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at …

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. …

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 …

State attorney general urges comprehensive review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline by federal regulators

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Last month’s decision by the state Department of Public Utilities approving three long-term natural-gas supply agreements with the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline “makes it more important than ever” that federal regulators conduct a comprehensive and meaningful examination of the need for and alternatives to the Tennessee Gas …

Conservation Law Foundation seeks reversal of DPU decision on natural gas contracts

Friday, September 18, 2015

BOSTON — The Conservation Law Foundation has taken legal action against the state Department of Public Utilities, seeking to reverse its decision approving long-term contracts between the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and three gas companies. The three appeals, filed Wednesday with the DPU and the state Supreme Judicial …

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to air ‘specific requests’ in Washington about gas pipeline alternatives

Saturday, September 12, 2015

When state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg carries local comment on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline to Washington, D.C., he also intends to bring “some specific requests” to the federal pipeline regulators. Thursday night’s public hearing in Greenfield on the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline provided …

Rosenberg hears strong concerns about pipeline in testimony he’ll deliver to FERC

Thursday, September 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local seventh-grader Rowan McKeon’s mother always told him that it’s not right to make a mess and expect others to clean up after him. Lately, he’s found himself concerned that that’s exactly the situation he and …

Study financed by Kinder Morgan concludes proposed gas pipeline would save billions for New England electric customers

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A new study done for Kinder Morgan has concluded that the construction of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline could save electric customers in New England between $2 billion and $3 billion annually. The study by ICF International, a Fairfax, Virginia-based consulting firm was paid for …

Hilltown Voices: Hilltown CDC receives $1 million Community Development Block Grant

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Hilltown Community Development Corp. based in Chesterfield, received a Community Development Block Grant last month totaling $1,097,235. “The Department of Health and Community Development awards these grants annually through a competition,” said Dave Christopolis, executive director of the Hilltown CDC. The agency applied for the grant on …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission extends public comment period on gas pipeline to Oct. 16

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended the public comment period of its scoping process for Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline until Oct. 16. The decision comes amid criticism that Kinder Morgan’s release of nearly 6,500 pages of information related to the project in late July …

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 …