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State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues remain, from demographic divisions in the state’s …

Deerfield threatens to arrest anyone on private property without permission in connection with gas pipeline

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DEERFIELD — Local police will be used to protect property owners who refuse to allow Kinder Morgan pipeline surveyors or any other agency or individual onto their land with or without an order from the state Department of Public Utilities. Kinder Morgan, which plans a natural gas pipeline through Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns, including Deerfield, has asked the …

Adam Hinds to seek state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said that he would not seek the Senate post which he had been seriously considering. Downing announced last week that he would not seek …

Preparation and economic forces combine for lower winter electricity rate increases than last year

Thursday, October 29, 2015

In the wake of a brutal winter that saw some serious sticker shock for residents opening their electric bills, Eversource Energy and National Grid, the region’s two large public utilities, are reporting far milder increases to their rates for the coming season. The general consensus in the energy …

Opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline includes coalitions, nonviolence training

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The fight against the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has been morphing. The nearly 415-mile pipeline, which would cross Plainfield in Hampshire County eight Franklin County towns on its path from Pennsylvania shale …

Pipeline opponents look to coordinate their efforts

Monday, October 26, 2015

The fight against Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project has been morphing. The nearly 415-mile, pipeline, which would cross eight Franklin County towns on its path from Pennsylvania shale fields to Dracut, north of Lowell, and beyond, has been controversial since it was first unveiled in …

Installation demonstration in Plainfield for solar electricity systems

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Four solar electricity systems sold through the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland program have been installed. The solarize team and its partner, Direct Energy Solar, will hold an installation demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at the home of David Kramer, 9 Union St., Plainfield. They will explain …

Attorney general urges federal regulators to more thoroughly review impact of natural gas pipeline

Monday, October 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has again urged federal regulators to undertake a more thorough review of the impact on communities and the environment of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The proposed 30-inch diameter, 400-plus-mile-long natural gas pipeline would …

Hilltown Voices: Groups protest pipeline staging area on agricultural land in Plainfield

Saturday, October 17, 2015

On Saturday at noon, demonstrators will gather to voice their objections to a staging area on East Main Street where Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline, would store 30-inch diameter by 50-foot-long pipes and other materials for the construction of the proposed 412-mile interstate Northeast …

Franklin County towns create coalition to oppose natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A group of Franklin County towns that would be affected by the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline have formed a coalition dedicated to fighting the project. Organized as the Municipal Coalition Against The Pipeline, the group met Tuesday night at the Greenfield Public Library …

Impact on property values a concern for residents along route of proposed natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — With a natural gas pipeline and accompanying compressor station proposed to be built in western Massachusetts, many residents along the expected route have found themselves worrying about how it could affect the value of their homes. …

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 …

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 …