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Another EXCELLENT article on the NED pipeline. This reported ROCKS! Sam ...(full comment)

Gas pipeline ‘need’ based on winter peak demand

It's great to have the support of our neighbors across the border. We need much more of that kind of support to fight this criminal conspiracy. ...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline opposition

I too am proud to support Holly and Gordy in their efforts to secure legal counsel and fight Kinder Morgan's planned route. Here's a link to the GoFundMe page mentioned above http://www.gofundme.com/wrxwu8 - The GoFundMe page contains video of Holly's testimony before the DPU. ...(full comment)

Nestel/My Turn: At DPU hearing, effects of gas pipeline plan already painfully clear

A powerful event with a deserving article by Richie Davis capturing a perspective of the public interest. Our care-taking our land and homes is a basic right that should not be trampled upon. Keeping water and air as fresh as possible is in all our mutual best interests. ...(full comment)

Crowd slams state at pipeline hearing

I was at the hearing last night and was overwhelmed by the crowds of people that showed up . The comments and statements made by the representatives and the people affected were very moving and informative. This lady who bravely stood in front of the people and the DPU and spoke from her heart her story what we on the Mtn are facing was heart wrenching . Some people have lived on this Mtn for generations they have been good stewards of the land .This Mtn is jewel in the Commonwealth of Ma. We deserve every chance to defend what has protected for generations . The DPU by not granting intervention status of PLAN-NE is not understandable and should be looked into.They are disenfranchising the very people affected. ...(full comment)

‘I hope my town can help me.’ Northfield woman says compressor siting effectively condemns her home

Laurie Ellen Weisman, "the hearing officer" of the Baker DPU denied this woman, and all other property owners being asked to bear unbelievable burdens any legal representation whatsoever in these proceedings. Eminent domain for private gain is of no concern to her whatsoever. She was the woman holding forth at the DPU hearing last night. She clearly has no concern for the law, her nation, or human beings. ...(full comment)

‘I hope my town can help me.’ Northfield woman says compressor siting effectively condemns her home

The hearing officer Laurie Ellen Weisman appeared unmoved even as a woman sobbed at the microphone talking about what the overwhelming loss the compressor station will cause, and that Ms. Weisman's decision to exclude PLAN NE and elected representatives effectively robs her of any representation whatsoever: she will have to hire a very expensive lawyer WITH HER RETIREMENT SAVINGS. It was very clear that Ms. Weisman has little compassion: and absolutely no concern for the citizens of this state given the iniquity of this circumstance. The DPU's legal decisions favor large multinational corporations over the interest of ratepayers, taxpayers and residents of this state. It is appalling to see someone who has such poor judgement and ethical reasoning in any position of power over anyone. ...(full comment)

Crowd slams state at pipeline hearing

Dump the Pump Transit Facts Help Spread the Word About the Many Benefits of Public Transportation on National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 18, 2015 The 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 18 is a day to highlight that when gas prices are high, using public transportation is a great alternative to driving that will help people save money. We know what happens when gas prices are high. Many people park their cars and take public transportation instead. In fact, using public transportation is an economical way to beat high gas prices…if it is available. According to APTA’s most recent Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,394 a year by downsizing to one car. As gas prices continue to fluctuate, people need to save money. This is a time to increase public transportation service, not decrease it. However, Congress has yet to pass a well funded, long-term, multimodal surface transportation bill that will increase public transportation investment. From urban to suburban to rural communities, public transportation is a vital resource to Americans, and a cornerstone of our nation’s economy and local economies. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically competitive. Additionally, public transportation offers job access to millions of Americans since nearly 60 percent of trips taken on public transit are work commutes. Public transportation use reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil by 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline a year and it also saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually. Last, but not least, public transportation has a proven track record of reducing congestion. The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 856 million hours in travel time, 450 million gallons of fuel, and $21 billion in congestion costs in 498 urban areas. Quick Facts In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation - - the highest in 58 years. Since 1995 public transit ridership is up 39 percent, outpacing population growth, which is up 21 percent, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is up 25 percent. People board public transportation 36 million times each weekday. Public transportation is a $61 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people. More than 7,200 organizations provide public transportation in the United States. Public Transportation Helps People Save Money Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,394 a year by downsizing to one car. Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary, alternative to driving. Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities & Drives Community Growth and Revitalization Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns. Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs. Every $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million in increased business sales. From 2006-2011, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service. Public Transportation Saves Fuel and Reduces Congestion Public transportation has a proven record of reducing congestion. The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas. Without public transportation, congestion costs in 2011 would have risen by nearly $21 billion from $121 billion to $142 billion in 498 urban areas. Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit. Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping using electricity. One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year. A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent and up to 30 percent if he or she eliminates a second car. Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life. Access to public transportation gives people transportation options to commute to work, go to school, visit friends, or travel to a doctor’s office. Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans. https://www.facebook.com/events/101864993482922/ ...(full comment)

‘Dump the Pump’ with free FRTA bus fare June 18

This is an unfortunate headline: the AG is not against the hearing: she has petitioned to halt the review process for precendent agreements until these companies comply with established policies and until adequate assessment can be done of actual capacities, versus self serving investor driven capacity (reading between the lines). BE SURE TO ATTEND THIS MEETING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 7 PM at GREENFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL: this is a most important event and STAN ROSENBERG and other legislators are going to bat for Western MA: be there. ...(full comment)

AG asks DPU to hold up on Berkshire pipeline case

This presents the public with a double bind: this meeting is not legitimate if these entities have not engaged in the required steps, but at the same time, the public was given a rare opportunity to raise its voice. The DPU is behaving like a rogue agency in a. not requiring these companies to comply with policy and in denying representation to residents of this region. For that reason, please EVERYONE attend this "hearing". Hopefully the AG will send someone to this meeting. Thursday: Greenfield Middle School; 7 p.m. 195 Federal Street. We can attend and bear witness; we can testify against this abuse of process, and we can let the DPU know that they are accountable to us. ...(full comment)

AG asks DPU to hold up on Berkshire pipeline case

One thing I would like to say. When people USE the military as an EXCUSE for allowing people under 21 to drink and smoke I say "Do we REALLY want our military men and women hung over and hacking while they are defending our country?" Smoking is dangerous to EVERYONE'S health! I also think for those that do smoke KEEP IT IN YOUR OWN HOUSE. I DON'T WANT TO SMELL IT or become ILL BY YOUR SMOKE! I love the one's that hang their cigarettes out the car window so THEY don't have to smell it too! Keep it in your car if you want to smoke! Then they toss it out on the street or it flies back and hit's my car... okay that was more than one thing... ...(full comment)

Greenfield council unlikely to pass tobacco ordinance

Northfield Ma is targeted for the largest KM compressor station on the east coast 80,000 hp . . This will also accompany the pipeline and other gas infrastructure usually they do adds on . This project will have a profound negative impact on the area schools conservation land wildlife recreation business quality of life of the residents ,as well as and entire Pioneer Valley and state .. ...(full comment)

Is a new pipeline really needed?

Smoking, chewing, using any tobacco products simply is NOT a "right" of anyone, especially youth. It is an amazingly expensive public health issue. Get over it. ...(full comment)

Greenfield council unlikely to pass tobacco ordinance