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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 behalf of the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield, Williamsburg, and Worthington. Christopolis said that a little more than half of the funds will be used for the corporation’s housing rehab program. “We contract to repair 22 homes from all of those towns, so basically each town gets three or four houses done,” Christopolis said. “That is roughly $25,000 to $30,000 per home,” he added. Homeowners …

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 would not allow interested parties sufficient time to examine and analyze the documents before the …

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 included in the environmental impact statement that will be prepared. Yet the deadline imposed by …

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 …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline seeks to buy 242 acres in Northfield for 80,000-horsepower compressor station

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Criticized by Congressman James McGovern and Northfield town officials for being slow to identify the site of its planned 80,000-horsepower compressor station, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has now released details about the location of the site. The map released last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory …

Franklin Council of Governments helps towns prepare for federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What questions does the upcoming environmental impact review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project through western Massachusetts need to answer? The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is making a list on behalf of the towns that the proposed $5 billion project would pass through to get ready for …

Solarize Mass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland selects photovoltaic panel installer

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Solarize Mass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland partnership now has a solar photovoltaic panel installer and about 300 residents who are interested in bringing solar-generated power into their homes. These and others from the three towns will be able to learn more about incentives for buying a photovoltaic system through this …

State rejects petitions for full intervenor status filed by state Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities has rejected petitions seeking full intervenor status filed by Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project through Franklin County. The case involves the Berkshire Gas Co. contract to buy natural gas transported by the pipeline. Both …

Hilltown Voices: Emily Dickinson scholar to read from new book at Meekins Library in Williamsburg

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Susan Snively, poet, essayist, screenwriter and scholar of the life and works of Emily Dickinson, will reading from her new novel entitled “The Heart Has Many Doors” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg. The reading is part of the library’s series “Lives of the …

Gov. Charlie Baker says Yankee Candle ‘a success story I’d like to replicate all over the place’

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a tour of the Pioneer Valley, Baker …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik tells DPU that Berkshire Gas should consider alternatives to pipeline

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOSTON — State Rep. Stephen Kulik argued before Boston regulators this week that Berkshire Gas Co. should consider alternatives to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., including replacement of older, inefficient gas furnaces, repair of Berkshire Gas’s leaks and supporting efforts to better insulate every home, business, factory and public …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey …