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Gas Pipeline

Experts offer legal, technical advice to communities in pipeline’s path

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross eight Franklin County towns, a two-hour meeting hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey Bernstein of Newton-based BCK Law told the gathering at Greenfield Community College that although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … 1

Local pols seek to intervene in pipeline deal

Friday, May 22, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas Co.’s request to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik has joined with an affiliate of Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network in its formal filing for intervenor status in the state Department … 0

FRCOG to hold gas pipeline workshop Tuesday at GCC

Friday, May 22, 2015

To help towns around the region plan for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s formal federal review process, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, in conjunction with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s dining commons. The meeting, funded as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials … 0

Congressman, attorney write to FERC criticizing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.

Friday, May 22, 2015

By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy … 0

State sets hearing on Berkshire Gas agreement with Tennessee Gas

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas Co. and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., the company proposing to build a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. The agreement entitles Berkshire Gas to its existing access to the … 0

Berkshire Gas adds western Mass. hearing

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Department of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing in western Massachusetts on a proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas Co. and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., state Sen. President Stan Rosenberg said Friday. “They told me yesterday … 0

Rosenberg pipes up about gas, pipeline

Monday, May 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. should be the subject of a public hearing, in Western Massachusetts, by the state’s Department of Public Utilities, according to a letter sent to the agency by Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Monday. … 0

State sets hearing on gas supply agreement with pipeline co.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a May 26 public hearing on its planned “precedent agreement” for natural gas supply from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The 2 p.m. hearing at the DPU’s One South Station offices in Boston offices will be … 0

Kinder Morgan: Conn. economy would benefit from gas pipeline

Friday, May 1, 2015

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — A Houston energy company executive told a Connecticut business group that a regional natural gas pipeline would keep businesses from moving to states where energy is cheaper. Allen Fore, vice president of public affairs at Kinder Morgan, pitched the idea Friday before nearly 250 business … 1

Opponents of pipeline decry their actions being called ‘eco-terrorism’

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eco-terrorism? The term, used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents, has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they’ve never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of communications … 4

Pipeline referendum, library trustees race on Northfield ballot

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Voters Tuesday will have a chance to get their stance on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline on record. A ballot question will ask voters whether they’re for or against the project, which would include about eight miles of buried pipeline and an 80,000 horsepower compressor station. … 0

Group forms against pipeline

Monday, April 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Although Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project would cut across 41/2 miles of Montague, and there have been plenty of “No Pipeline” signs throughout the town, Montague hasn’t had its own group working against the Northeast Energy Direct proposal — until now. A Montague Against … 1

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case with the region’s business leaders Friday for what he called a “critical need” for Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, saying it’s needed not only to grow the economy but to keep businesses from leaving. … 3

‘No smoking gun’: Pipeline environmental impact report cite positives, negatives of route

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A new, detailed report on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route through western Massachusetts points to its impact on protected open space dedicated to agriculture and conservation, and especially on Franklin County’s primary habitat for rare species habitat, wetlands wildlife habitat and communities of biodiversity. If there’s anything … 2

Northfield town departments weigh in on gas pipeline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The gas pipeline and compressor station proposed for the town has raised a slew of concerns among town department heads. Several departments and committees have compiled their concerns, and the town will submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which will decide whether to allow … 0