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State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues remain, from demographic divisions in the state’s …

Deerfield threatens to arrest anyone on private property without permission in connection with gas pipeline

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DEERFIELD — Local police will be used to protect property owners who refuse to allow Kinder Morgan pipeline surveyors or any other agency or individual onto their land with or without an order from the state Department of Public Utilities. Kinder Morgan, which plans a natural gas pipeline through Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns, including Deerfield, has asked the …

Adam Hinds to seek state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said that he would not seek the Senate post which he had been seriously considering. Downing announced last week that he would not seek …

Opponents of pipeline hold 5-mile ‘silent solidarity march’

Sunday, December 13, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Members of the West Cummington Church and several supporters held a 5-mile walk from Cummington to Plainfield on Sunday, to protest Kinder Morgan’s plans to build a 412-mile interstate natural gas pipeline know as the Northeast …

Hilltown Voices: Haydenville Cemetery Association turns over land and colorful history to Williamsburg

Saturday, December 12, 2015

At a special Town Meeting this week, Williamsburg voters approved the acquisition of the High Street Cemetery and all property owned by the Haydenville Cemetery Association. The 162-year-old cemetery, which brings with it an endowment of more than $100,000, will now be maintained and operated the town of …

Kinder Morgan cuts dividends by 75 percent rather than dropping projects, including Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline

Friday, December 11, 2015

Despite a decision to cut dividends by 75 percent amid a major drop in stock prices this week, pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has signaled that it does not plan on pulling out of or scaling back on any of its ongoing or planned expansion projects, including the controversial …

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission hears both sides on proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A gathering of the commissioners of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission heard back-to-back presentations Thursday night on the proposed $5.2 billion Tennessee Gas Pipeline which, if approved, would run through Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight towns in Franklin County. Timothy Brennan, executive director of the …

Federal commission gives Kinder Morgan 20 days to address Tennessee Gas Pipeline issues

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Federal regulators have given Kinder Morgan 20 days to answer the comments and questions raised by area planners, opposition groups and environmental organizations at public hearings about the energy giant’s controversial $5.2 billion pipeline proposed to pass through western Massachusetts. Comments posed to the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting …

Kinder Morgan cuts dividends as global prices for oil and gas continue to drop

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It appears that Kinder Morgan, the energy giant seeking approval to build a new natural gas pipeline through parts of western Massachusetts, is not doing so well on Wall Street. In fact, according to Forbes magazine, the Wall Street Journal and other business media, it has found itself …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline application reveals plan for horizontal drilling through aquifer supplying Turners Falls Water District

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., bombarded with criticism this fall for not including details about its plans for horizontal drilling beneath the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers as part of the Northeast Energy Direct project, has followed through in …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission formally accepts application for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Monday, December 7, 2015

Federal regulators formally accepted Monday the application filed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to build its Northeast Energy Direct project. That begins federal review of the proposed $5.2 billion, roughly 420-mile pipeline that would pass through Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns before ending …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg plans public meetings for hazard mitigation plan

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Town of Williamsburg is inviting residents to provide comments on the development of a hazard mitigation plan during meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 14 at the Town Office Building in Haydenville. “We have an existing plan that will expire in 2016, so this will be …

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 …