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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 …

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 …

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 …