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DPU allows long-term contracts between utilities, pipelines

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price hikes, the state’s utility regulators will let power generators sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. Yet what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new pipelines like one proposed through Franklin County. Six months after being asked by the Baker administration to look into whether electric utilities can … 1

Rosenberg calls FERC meeting ‘fruitful’: Says commission sees natural gas as bridge to renewable energy

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reporting on what he called “very, very fruitful” discussions with federal energy officials in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Thursday that active participation by the public and the states can be helpful in getting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider whether a proposed gas pipeline is needed or whether … 2

Rosenberg to meet with FERC Wednesday; bringing 'at least a couple thousand pages’ of testimony on pipeline

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

When he meets with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today, state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says he will not only present three large binders stuffed with “at least a couple thousand pages” of testimony on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline, but also a call for federal regulators to consider several forthcoming … 0

Pipeline survey raises questions

Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Take note when answering your next phone call: You could become part of a natural gas pipeline survey. Richard N. Wheatley, a spokesman for Kinder Morgan, parent company of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., said the … 1

Proposed bylaws target pipeline in Conway

Thursday, September 24, 2015

CONWAY — New noise and earth-removal bylaws that Conway voters may be asked to approve this fall will target the construction process and operation of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline project, according to members … 0

Berkshire Gas seeks 13% rate decrease: Natural gas supply rates expected to drop statewide this winter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Last winter’s record cold saw gas heating bills of many of Franklin County’s residents soar, but Berkshire Gas has asked the state for a 13 percent rate decrease for the coming winter over last year’s prices. If approved by the Department of Public Utilities, the new … 0

Conway seeks pipeline intervenor status

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CONWAY — Conway plans to seek full intervenor status in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process that will determine whether the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s controversial Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project is approved. If the town … 0

State attorney general slams DPU review of gas pipeline

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities decision last month approving three long-term natural-gas supply agreements with the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline “makes it more important than ever” that federal regulators conduct a comprehensive and meaningful examination of the need for and alternatives to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0

Montague denies pipeline survey request

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Board of Selectmen has voted to deny Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. the right to survey a parcel of town-owned land near Millers Falls. Town Planner Walter Ramsey said the company did not specify which area in particular it wanted to survey, but said he … 0

Gill residents gather for info meeting on proposed natural gas pipeline

Friday, September 18, 2015

GILL — About 30 people gathered in Town Hall Thursday night for an informational meeting about Kinder Morgan’s proposed gas pipeline, including how the compressor station slated for Northfield could affect residents and what citizens can do to fight the project. The meeting was sponsored by the Gill … 2

Challenges mounting over DPU’s gas company-pipeline decision

Thursday, September 17, 2015

BOSTON — The Conservation Law Foundation has sued the state Department of Public Utilities to reverse its decision approving long-term contracts between Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and three gas companies. The three appeals, filed with the DPU and the state Supreme Judicial Court Wednesday, ask the court to … 1

Conway Pipeline Task Force releases report to FERC

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Pipeline Task Force is worried about the impact a gas pipeline might have on the quality and flow of well water, streams and aquifers. Those and other concerns are part of the task force report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates interstate pipelines … 0

Towns team up to fight gas pipeline

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague may join a number of towns participating in a regional scope of services regarding Kinder Morgan’s proposed gas pipeline, including legal representation and technical assistance in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permitting process. Town Planner Walter Ramsey said he’s been attending Franklin County Regional … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. asserts right to survey public land

Sunday, September 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — James Messenger, a Boston attorney representing the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., has sent a letter to Northfield’s Selectboard and town lawyer contesting the town’s ban against the company surveying public land. On March 9, in a letter addressed to the TGP, the Selectboard banned surveying activities … 1

Rosenberg bringing ‘specific requests’ related to the proposed pipeline with him to Washington

Friday, September 11, 2015

When state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg carries local comment on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline to Washington, D.C., he intends also to bring “some specific requests” to the federal pipeline regulators. Thursday night’s public hearing … 0