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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 benefit the creation of a 100-mile hiking trail that retraces an ancient Native American route from the Connecticut River to the Hudson …

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 pipeline is needed or whether the state conservation and renewable-energy efforts can reduce or eliminate …

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 save a typical Berkshire Gas customer about $22 per month, said spokesman Christopher Farrell. He …

Environmental groups question Beacon Hill Institute report on pipeline-created jobs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. states that construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in …

Hilltown Voices: Putting horsepower to work at Williamsburg farm, R.H. Conwell School staff, Plainfield open house, Chesterfield picnic

Saturday, June 27, 2015

On Valley View Farm, horsepower is not a term that defines engine strength. On the contrary, it refers to two, robust 10 year-old Belgian Brabant draft horses named Lynne and Clyde that are being used to plow and …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

DPU rejects petitions by pipeline opponents for formal intervenor status in Berkshire Gas Co. contract case

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

By a single action, the state Department of Public Utilities has formally rejected three petitions related to the long-term contract proposed by the Berkshire Gas Co. with the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. With three days of evidentiary hearings scheduled to begin Wednesday …

Environmental coalition opposed to pipeline seeks halt to DPU proceedings on Berkshire Gas contract

Thursday, June 18, 2015

An anti-pipeline environmental coalition is calling on the Supreme Judicial Court to halt state proceedings on a request by Berkshire Gas Co. to tap into the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Coalition members are concerned that the state Department of Public Utilities is …

Hilltown Voices: Fire Safety field day at New Hingham Elementary School, dance in Goshen, book reading in Plainfield

Saturday, June 13, 2015

When an alarm sounds, firefighters waste no time jumping into turnout gear, grabbing their equipment, racing to the scene of a fire, rescuing those in harm’s way and putting out the flames. On Wednesday, that is what teams of pint-sized “firefighters” will be doing at the New Hingham …

Northfield officials’ visit to Pennsylvania compressor station finds no ‘serious concentration of issues’

Saturday, June 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, each have about 3,000 residents, and the rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, which has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted by the gas …

Public has opportunities to participate in review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, June 12, 2015

As Thursday night’s state Department of Public Utilities hearing in Greenfield demonstrated, there are a variety of ways people can make their voices heard over the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The DPU review of a long-term supply agreement between the developer of the Northeast Energy Direct project …

UMass report details impact of Tennessee Gas Pipeline on environmentally sensitive areas in Franklin County

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline is built across 35 miles of Franklin County, it could affect a greater share of fragile landscape than in other parts of the state. Here, at least 42 percent …

State attorney general wants Department of Public Utilities to delay review of Berkshire Gas agreement with Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When the state Department of Public Utilities airs public comments Thursday on the agreement by Berkshire Gas Co. to buy natural gas from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, it will do so over the state attorney general’s objection. Thursday’s public hearing is scheduled to …