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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks additional details about Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, October 9, 2015

Federal regulators have sent the proponents of a roughly 420-mile natural gas pipeline planned to cross western Massachusetts a 32-page list of issues they want addressed in the report filed with the formal application for the project later this month. The comments on draft resource reports for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. include a call for listing soils, water sources, endangered wildlife and other …

Deadline extended to Nov. 30 for residents and businesses to sign up for Solarize PAB

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Businesses and homeowners in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland now have until Nov. 30 to sign up for solar electricity systems, at a 20 percent savings from the statewide average cost, through the SolarizeMass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (Solarize PAB) collaborative. The sign-up deadline was originally Sept. 30, but the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources extended the deadline “due to the …

State DPU allows utilities to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price increases, the state’s utility regulators will allow power generators to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. But what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new pipelines such as the one proposed through western Massachusetts. Six months after being asked by …

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launches study of region’s electricity needs, natural gas capacity

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is launching an evaluation of options for the region’s electricity needs over the next 15 years, including whether more natural gas capacity is necessary. The attorney general’s office announced Monday that the study will be conducted, with support from the Barr Foundation …

Hilltown Voices: Large turnouts in Chesterfield and Goshen approve WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In two of the best-attended special Town Meetings in recent memory, Chesterfield and Goshen this week each overwhelmingly approved spending more than $1 million to help create a regional state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. The project will be built and operated by WiredWest, a cooperative seeking to provide broadband …

Federal regulators plan July 29 meeting in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, …

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 …