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Forester concerned about pipeline route

Monday, November 17, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance Route” and “Article 97 co-location Route Alternative” describe conservation lands protected under the Massachusetts Constitution, for which a two-thirds legislative vote would … 0

Gas co.: Current customers covered

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — While Berkshire Gas Co. claims that its natural gas supply line is nearly maxed out, forcing a moratorium on new customers, that should have no impact on its 5,700 customers in Franklin County and 3,400 in Hampshire County, according to a company spokesman. Chris Farrell said the company’s natural gas delivery system is designed to meet the demand of is current … 1

UMass preparing reports on pipeline effects

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The University of Massachusetts is reviewing the state’s environmental resources that could be affected by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed 128-mile route across the state. The university’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a series of reports beginning early this month that will put the environmental effects of the company’s proposal in context, according to Scott Jackson, associate professor … 0

Has pipeline seismic testing already begun?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Efforts to site a natural gas pipeline across Massachusetts, including nine Franklin County towns, became official only last week, but some people who live along that route contend there may be seismic testing already beginning for the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project. While the … 0

State to FERC: scrutinize pipeline route

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, arguing the route is a highly sensitive environmental area. A “preliminary, non-exhaustive” state review of the route shows that it would pass through … 0

Competing pipeline plan would use existing routes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There’s another pipeline project being proposed through New England, but this one would travel along existing pipeline routes. Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corp. have announced plans to expand natural gas access to New England and to end bottlenecks that have driven up prices when demand spikes in … 0

Kinder Morgan begins FERC filing process

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 miles between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, north of Lowell, … 0

Can a Board of Health stop the pipeline?

Friday, September 12, 2014

DEERFIELD — Could Deerfield’s Board of Health have the power to prevent Kinder Morgan’s controversial Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline from passing through town? Cristobal Bonifaz, a lawyer from Conway, thinks so, and the Deerfield health board seems ready to follow his lead down that path. But the Federal … 0

Deerfield Board of Health questions pipeline safety

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — Kinder Morgan has 15 days to respond to concerns raised by Deerfield’s Board of Health before it meets to evaluate the safety of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline and decide whether it should be allowed … 0

Deerfield Board of Health meeting tonight to look at pipeline’s potential danger

Monday, September 8, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town Board of Health will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss whether the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline would present an “unacceptable health danger” to the town. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Frontier Regional School. At a … 0

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CONWAY — The safety of the community and questions about the contents of natural gas that will flow through a proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline dominated a special Selectboard meeting in Conway Thursday night. In a question-and-answer session that followed a brief presentation by parent company Kinder Morgan, … 3

Northfield officials oppose gas pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town has joined the growing list of communities that officially oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. The Selectboard approved a resolution against the Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion at its Tuesday meeting. The pipeline is proposed to cross nine Franklin County towns on … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. rejects Ashfield ban

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says the Selectboard has no legal authority to deny the company or its contractors permission to survey town-owned roads as part of the research for a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through western Massachusetts. The July 30 TGP letter came … 1

Pipeline meeting in Orange outlines action towns can take

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — Local people have potentially more of a say in determining the fate of a proposed gas pipeline through Franklin County than they may realize, a local conservationist is telling pipeline foes. Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust Executive Director Leigh Youngblood addressed about 40 people Tuesday, wearing … 0

Conway lawyer offers to help Deerfield fight gas pipeline

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — A lawyer from Conway has offered his assistance to the town of Deerfield in its fight to stop the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project. Cristobal Bonifaz made the offer during a standing-room-only special meeting of … 0