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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 from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Common in Athol. The common purpose of the international marches are to push …

Educators at Charlemont forum say broadband access now essential part of school experience

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at …

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. …

Residents group files suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, …

FERC urged to slow down pipeline process at packed hearing in Greenfield

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. Calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone the …

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reduces capacity sought for Northeast Energy Direct project

Friday, July 17, 2015

The company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through Plainfield and eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to Dracut has announced that its formal federal application for the project in October will call for 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, requiring …

State Energy Facilities Siting Board schedules hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The public will have another opportunity to sound off about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project — this time before the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board. The board, which is among state agencies participating in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the proposed pipeline …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline compressor proposed for Northfield would be among largest in US

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The 80,000 horsepower compressor station proposed to be built in Northfield would be among the very largest compressor stations along natural gas pipelines in the United States, according to a federal listing. In fact, the three 80,000-horsepower compressor stations planned in Northfield, Windsor, New Hampshire, and Hillsborough, New …

Residents, businesses and nonprofits in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland eligible for solar-energy discounts

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland consortium has enough households signed up to qualify for the deepest discount possible on the purchase of solar-energy panel systems — at a $3.40-per-watt base price. With 38 households on board to buy photovoltaic systems that will collectively generate up to 285 kilowatts (kW) of …

Opponents seek delay in federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast (PLAN) has joined two other coalitions in asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a delay in the “scoping” process for environmental review of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project to allow time for analyzing project revisions. The company …

Critics of Tennessee Gas Pipeline claim underused facilities already exist to meet need for additional natural gas

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized last month by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a year, argue a variety of critics of the Tennessee Gas …

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 …