Gas Pipeline

DPU OKs pipeline-gas co. contracts

Monday, August 31, 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 proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project. The three 20-year contracts to buy gas from the nearly 420-mile pipeline planned to cross eight Franklin County towns are all contingent on completion of the nearly $5 billion project. The decision is an expected disappointment … 1

Report to FERC details Deerfield’s archaeological value

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The commissioner of the Deerfield Historical Commission and the director of Historic Deerfield have submitted a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raising concerns about how the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline could affect archaeological sites along its route. The report, authored by Historical Commissioner David “Bud” Driver and Historic Deerfield Executive Director Philip Zea, details Deerfield’s paleolithic … 1

New England National Scenic Trail map published

Friday, August 28, 2015

The first-ever map and guide to the New England National Scenic Trail has just been published by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. The three-map set and guide includes 20 suggested hikes and covers the 215-mile-long trail in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts . The trail, federally designated in 2009 and following portions of the historic Mattabesett, Metacomet and … 0

Walking ‘The Wastelands’: Theatrical group presenting Pipeline Processions performances in the area

Thursday, August 27, 2015

In addition to all of the written testimony — hundreds of filings and thousands of words — about the proposed natural gas pipeline that would pass through this region, there’s a deeper statement being made by a performance … 1

Deerfield submits pipeline comments to FERC

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield has officially made its submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental impact statement scoping process. The 12-page document, approved by the Board of Selectmen during their meeting Wednesday night, details the town’s concerns about the ramifications the pipeline could have on the town’s economy, … 1

Geologic maps needed for study of pipeline

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

While the proponent of a natural-gas pipeline that would cross 64 miles of Massachusetts may be including some detailed maps of its route in its filings with federal regulators, what’s needed are detailed, town-by-town maps of the geologic formations beneath the surface, including aquifers, says a Shutesbury man … 0

Pipeline worries Natural Roots Farm

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CONWAY — In 1998, David Fisher came to Conway with the dream of establishing a farm that would embody his ecological ideals and reverence for all life — a farm powered entirely by horses, allowing it to operate … 1

Conway to Kinder Morgan: Cease and desist pipeline activity in town

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CONWAY — Citing public health concerns, Conway’s Board of Health has issued a cease-and-desist order against Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project, joining a number of other communities that have passed similar measures. The board’s decision was unanimous Monday night and the letter will … 0

Shelburne makes pipeline opposition official

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE ­— Shelburne selectmen unanimously cast their vote against Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s plans to run a mile-long stretch of pipeline through town and under the Deerfield River. But they also went further, saying they don’t think the pipeline … 0

Study says a new pipeline is not necessary, lays out alternatives

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Proponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline have pointed to a lack of space on the system of pipelines feeding New England as one of the root causes of spiking electricity rates in the winter and say the project is the only way to address it, … 2

Former DPU chair says pipeline not needed

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Even as the state Department of Public Utilities considers long-term agreements for three gas distribution companies to tie into Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the DPU’s former chairwoman has written a Boston Globe commentary saying the nearly $5 billion pipeline planned through Franklin County … 0

Shelburne seeks teeth in pipeline permitting

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SHELBURNE — With the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline to require horizontal drilling beneath the Deerfield River, the town Conservation Commission has asked the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission to give the local board legal standing to review any aspect of the construction that will affect the town’s wetlands … 0

No tax refund for home on pipeline path

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — Citing the effects the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline may have on the value of her Lower Road home, Heather Reloj of Deerfield has requested that the taxes she paid on it last year be returned to … 0

Warwick asks state to pass pipeline concerns along to FERC by deadline

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WARWICK — Warwick’s Conservation Commission is requesting that the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board relay the town’s concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the proposed natural gas pipeline before the Aug. 31 deadline to submit comments on the environmental impacts. On Aug. 12, Warwick’s Conservation Commission … 0