Talkback

Farrell is not coming off well here and personifying the bullying and blackmail that Berkshire Gas is engaging in. Being against the pipeline because of its impacts on global warming is the very definition of caring about families and local businesses - there is no dispute among anyone that drilling for natural gas increases greenhouse gas emissions, and so how is that "eco-terrorism?" Environment aside, as forced investors in this project we also don't appreciate being made to pay for infrastructure that will only increase private profits without guaranteeing any rate decreases here - show me somewhere in the country where that has actually happened. No smart investor would put their money towards such a doubtful ROI. And what kind of investor puts all their eggs in one basket anyway by making us even MORE reliant on only one source of fuel? That's stupid! No, local business would grow more here if we took that tariff and put it towards subsidizing solar. This isn't about personal agendas, this is about making thoughtful (and not desperate/panic-mode a la Berkshire Gas) decisions about our long-term needs, especially when so much of OUR $ is on the line. Finally, I'd love for Farrell to explain how they can justify building a 2.2 bcf/d pipeline when NESCOE says we only need .7 bcf/d - come on buddy, we're not idiots. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

With Greenfield taxes being so significantly higher than surrounding towns, I really don't understand how it can't come up with $4000 or so to replace what they cut down (maybe cut the overly zealous arborist's budget??). When you walk around old historic towns, part of their charm is their big old trees - and they tend to have sidewalks and I don't hear of tons of people dying because of branches. There must be ways to fix sidewalks without cutting everything down - sidewalks and trees go hand in hand, making walking more enjoyable. It may be cheaper to clear cut than actually think, but DPW is not serving the town well in the long run this way. ...(full comment)

Greenfield trees coming down faster than being planted

Pieridae has an application before the DOE for export: published in the Federal Register on Dec. 10 2014. Reading in related documents states that "pipeline and fossil fuel companies" will make 18 QUADRILLION DOLLARS from the export of LNG from that facility. THIS IS AN EXPORT pipeline: there will NEVER be any benefit whatsoever to this region. Only private profit: and seeking eminent domain for this is an outrage. All this will accomplish is to enrich the obscenely greedy, and raise gas rates permanently as we compete with other nations for a U.S. resource we have already subsidized to the tune of billions every year. Mr. Farrell is making many false statements: allegations of "terrorism" are a peculiar form of projection: he and his ilk are so intent on greed that they are endangering and permanently harming hundreds of thousands of people all along this route. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

The "bodyguards" are unnecessary and this is complete fabrication. High Theatre. This is an export pipeline that is seeking eminent domain for private profit. There are already measures in place to address New England's energy needs: Demand for gas has been flat lining in New England, nonetheless there is the TGP NH-NY pipeline (already in service, over 300,000 dth): William's Rockaway lateral and Northeast connector (100,000 dth in service, 547,000dth coming in 2015); and between the PNGTS non-pipeline option and the likelihood that either Constitution or Aim will begin construction this summer- 300,000dth to 1,100,000 dth. Additionally, National Grid has received approval from the Massachusetts DPU to liquify large amounts of pipeline gas instead of imported LNG. That is an ample amount of supply. Also, by 2017 there will be savings from LED lights and at least 36GW of renewables. The so called "eco-terrorists" are homeowners and stewards of conservation land, who rightfully object to the use of pristine land for private profit: this pipeline is not needed, and is only intended to syphon off U.S. gas for private profit. P.S. Mr. Farrell, someone who advocates putting enormous quantities of volatile gas under horriffic pressure near live electricity, and poisoning well water, along with obscene amounts of compressor gas belching out chemicals: well, the benign and heartfelt protestors look a lot less like terrorists than a gas cabal harming innocent and hard working citizens. I guess anyone who disagrees with the gas lords gets called names. It is the citizens of our region who need body guards: and thank God for our representatives. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

It is absolutely correct that safety trumps shortcuts. Vermont Yankee, and all plants have been designed and operated that way. It is also true that the NRC does not require wasting money on measures to satisfy vocal opponents. Why would keeping the Emergency plan with a 10 mile evacuation zone be wasting money? Because the hazard is much less than when the plant is in operation, and it decreases every day. When the reactor is operating, atom splitting provides 93% of the power, with the additional 7% coming from the radioactive decay of the splitting pieces-which are other atoms. There is a steady level of atom splitting pieces in operation. As soon as splitting stops the number of radioactive pieces decreases continually, because they are radioactive. The potential hazard comes from the possible release of these pieces in an accident. The possible accidents with the reactor not operating and fuel in the pool take a long time to reach the point of fuel damage, time for corrections!! The pool has so much water in it, that cooling can be stopped for a period of time. The water will heat up and eventually begin to boil off. This is not harmful, since the fuel boiled in the reactor!! There is time to restore water from any loss due to accident or sabotage. With so man fewer radioactive pieces (and the number decreasing minute by minute) any release would be much, less than from a reactor just shut down. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

They also almost immediately seek abatements as they have done in Agawam, and towns receive less money than is promised when they want access to land to build. They are not, after all, a utility company: they are primarily an investment company, that happens to own assets. ...(full comment)

Northfield anti-pipeline group blasts gas co.

Clearly the ginormous compressor station that Kinder Morgan has planned for Northfield has no such reverence for much of anything: including human life. This compressor station will belch out enormous quantities of Benzene, VOC's, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and God knows what else, to fall as acid rain on every ling thing in the vicinity for miles: to fill export tankers: with no benefit whatsoever to any residents. The folks planning this have made a science of invading religious organizations, fomiting hate speech, and getting people all het up about social issues, while syphoning off our nation's assets for private gain. The past and future of Northfield are going to be obliterated by this atrocity.- Get involved and start advocating now. ...(full comment)

Letter: Northfield’s message

Dear Anita, Thanks for this great article on Quabbin Trails and your new Walk About column. Have you heard of Ashfield Trails? Ashfield Trails is a volunteer collaborative which for several years has been working to establish a community network of trails and footpaths in and around the Town of Ashfield. So far we have built over 17 miles of trails. There's the 2 mile Two Bridges Trail from The Trustee's of Reservations Bullitt Reservation to their Chapel Falls Reservation which connects to a 3 mile trail to DAR SF. There's a 4 mile trail from Sanderson Academy to Bear Swamp Reservation. The Overlook Trail is about 3 miles and ends at Rt 112. The Ridge Trail starts on 112 and heads 2 miles to Bailey Rd. We have a new trail from Bailey Rd to the Mary Lyon birthplace and will be working this spring to open a new section from Mary Lyon's to Edge Hill Golf Course. In honor of Ashfield's 250th Anniversary, we will be hosting a hike on Sat., June 6 (National Trails Day) from Bullitt to Chapel Falls. For more info, please check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AshfieldTrails Thanks, Phil Pless ...(full comment)

Life & Times: Walking the Quabbin

Good catch! Please see The Recorder's follow-up story where this information is corrected and more information is provided about both types of frogs. A link has been attached to this story. ...(full comment)

Spring peepers awake in western Massachusetts

Just in case you missed it, I would like to share a link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3042347/George-Lucas-unveils-plans-build-biggest-affordable-housing-complex-county-s-irked-neighbors-it.html Lucas strikes back - against his neighbors! Film director to build hundreds of affordable homes in millionaire neighborhood after they blocked him from building a studio I say good for him. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3042347/George-Lucas-unveils-plans-build-biggest-affordable-housing-complex-county-s-irked-neighbors-it.html#ixzz3XVqAuxGb ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor dismayed by ‘classism’ he heard in residents’ comments on accessory apartment proposal

Congratulations Jean! A great article. ...(full comment)

Hawlemont HAY teacher wins award

So very proud of you Jeannie. It shows how much you love teaching and being a part of the childrens growth. You are a true mentor. ...(full comment)

Hawlemont HAY teacher wins award

These are not peepers. They are wood frogs. Fun all the same. Now let's hear some peepers. ...(full comment)

Spring peepers awake in western Massachusetts