Appreciate the mention of Silverthorne in your editorial - I wonder if anyone from the Recorder has actually attended their performances? Please do! The Skin of Our Teeth is incredible! Not your father's Thorton Wilder!! ...(full comment)
In 2004, vehicle miles traveled peaked and, for the first year since World War II, Americans began driving less.
By 2011, Americans drove 6% fewer miles per year than they were in 2004.
One third of Americans don’t drive at all.
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Yes, yes, and the bottom line here is "the pressure to meet shipping deadlines." All of these dangers and risks are to benefit a corporation that is shipping the gas out of the country. There is no local benefit here, NONE. Only risks. UNACCEPTABLE! ...(full comment)
"Level of a normal conversation" means you would have to raise your voice to be heard over it. That may be fine next to traffic on a busy road, but what about in a rural area, at night, with no traffic? It would stand out clearly against such a quiet background.
While I appreciate the research done here, why are we even considering measurements of a compressor less than half the size, taken with a cell phone? Surely Kinder-Morgan can give us their estimate of the noise from the behemoth they are proposing here.
The complacency of Northfield town officials is becoming obvious, despite the clear mandate from residents who voted overwhelmingly to oppose the pipeline. Windsor, the other town chosen to "host" a compressor station, was well-represented at the Berkshire Gas meeting in Greenfield this week, while Northfield was noticeably absent. ...(full comment)
Angie Ruggeri, 8th grade teacher, created such an innovative and engaging lesson on engineering. Her dedication to all 8th grade students should be applauded! Weeks of preparation and hours of hard work she put in made a lesson enjoyable and memorable for the kids. She is a teacher who makes a difference in her students lives, and the community! ...(full comment)
Fox news is owned by Rupert Murdoch, an Australian. Nearly all of the media we read or watch are owned by the .01%, and as your response idicates, they have been very successful in dividing our nation against each other with labels like "red" and "blue", or "liberal" or "conservative" and making sure the two factions don't communicate, and that they resent each other. Meanwhile, while everyone's divided, the interests of both factions are being eroded as the U.S. is sinking in most measureable standards of quality of life, economic viablity, employment, infant mortality, etc. Divide and conquer is a classic strategy, and it has worked brilliantly for wealthy interests who have confiscated over half of our nation's wealth and income over the past forty years, while demanding ever shrinking accountability or contribution to the nation as a whole. If you are buying their labels and angry at the other side, you are doing exactly what these interests intend, and shooting yourself in the foot- and your children. ...(full comment)
This type of tree management has been going on in Greenfield for years. I never found out why they cut all the beautiful evergreens behind the library - that blocked the ugly view of traffic and parking lots by Federal St. If they claim it costs so much (ridiculous claims) to plant trees, then they should be a LOT more careful about cutting them down. ...(full comment)
They visited a 32,000 HP compressor station instead of 80,000 HP , This detail I believe negates the impact quite significantly not even in the same ball park. Have there been any air quality studies like the Carnegie Mellon Speck =2.5 PM that checks the air quality near compressor stations .The spiking of the monitors are sometimes off the charts people reporting nose bleeds ruptured ear drums , etc variety other health side effects . They are I heard looking into the spikes with the blow downs. 24/7Venting Toxic Plumes travel miles hover depending on air inversions weather winds......They could even hover reach Boston . ...(full comment)
Marcellus gas is well known to be significantly higher in radioactivity. Undisclosed fracking chemicals include neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and VOC's. These are belched out of the gas en route, and there is very short transit time.
Residents are right to be concerned: and as far as explosions go, a gas leak in the presence of significant live voltage is a different animal entirely than a pipeline corridor that is not adjacent to, or directly crossing, live, direct current high voltage electricity. You can hear the lines hiss in the rain: so a leak will have more devastating consequences. This is known, well known, to increase overall pipeline instability. As far as compressor stations, they vary, and given the enormous quantities of gas and the size of compressor station, as well as what is likely to be a constant high pressure to meet shipping deadlines for Kinder Morgan's newly acquired fleet of LNG tankers, it seems unlikely that this will be at all benign. It also seems unlikely that under the pressure of shipping deadlines, local concerns will be addressed if there are problems. Their track record is deplorable and it is cheaper for them to have accidents, than to build for safety. ...(full comment)