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Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline protest on Boston Common across from the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Energy company Kinder Morgan has proposed the $3.75 billion extension of its northeast pipeline through Massachusetts and says will provide clean-burning natural gas to the northeast. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has …

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approves long-term contracts for Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The three 20-year contracts to buy gas from the nearly 420-mile pipeline planned to cross Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns are all contingent …

Hilltown Voices: Chesterfield blueberry farm wraps up season after battling invasive fly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the last couple of years Bruce Roberts, owner of Roberts Blueberry Farm at 220 South Street in Chesterfield, has had to end his season early due to damage done by a newly introduced fruit fly. This year the farm has made a bit of a come back and is offering a good selection of blueberries still ready for picking. “I would say …

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters …

‘No smoking gun’ in UMass natural resources assessment of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A detailed report on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route through western Massachusetts points to its impact on protected open space dedicated to agriculture and conservation, and especially on Franklin County’s primary habitat for rare species habitat, wetlands wildlife habitat and communities of biodiversity. If there is anything …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing files legislation to promote clean energy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A state Senate bill encouraging utilities to adopt policies that incorporate energy storage systems to make more efficient use of solar, wind and other renewable sources is one of several initiatives by Sen. Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield to reshape the state’s energy future and keep its position as …

Hilltown Voices: Retirement party for Chesterfield highway superintendent, fishing derby in Plainfield, colonial hearth cooking in Williamsburg

Saturday, May 9, 2015

There will be a retirement party from 2 to 4 p.m. May 17 at the Chesterfield Community Center at 400 Main Road for Ed Dahill. He retired as Chesterfield highway superintendent last June after serving in the position for 26 years. All are welcome at the party hosted …

Plainfield voters approve $1.9M budget, OK WiredWest, re-elect Dennis Mimitz to Select Board

Sunday, May 3, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Voters on Saturday afternoon approved a $1,904,978 budget which included $657,000 for the Mohawk Regional School District, $178,000 for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School and $90,000 for school transportation. “All the budget items passed very easily this year,” said Finance Committee member Robert Persing. In …

Berkshire Gas spokesman apologizes for referring to pipeline opponents as engaging in ‘ecoterrorism’

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ecoterrorism? The term used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they have never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing receives several honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April was a good month for state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who achieved several honors. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget priorities, such as regional …

Plainfield voters to consider budget increase of 7.7 percent, settle contest for Select Board

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Voters Saturday will consider a $1.9 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, decide whether to authorize the town to pursue broadband Internet service through Wired West and settle a contested race for Select Board. The annual Town meeting begins at 1 p.m. in …

Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but …