Gas Pipeline
Democratic Representative Stephen Kulik. Recorder/Micky Bedell

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 of Public Utilities’ proceeding on Berkshire Gas’s … 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 Direct Project. In letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, McGovern and attorneys for a … 0

Sunderland Town Meeting to weigh pipeline resolution Friday

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As dozens of other towns have done since last spring, Sunderland voters will be asked to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline. Though Sunderland is not among the towns on the project’s expected route from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, many … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to hold info event Thursday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On Thursday, groups opposed to the proposed gas pipeline will be holding an event titled “What is happening with the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP gas pipeline now?” This event is sponsored by North Quabbin Pipeline Action (NQPA) and MAP (Montague Against the Pipeline) and will take place at the … 0

On the pipeline, in the pipeline: Two informational forums scheduled at GCC

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Two forums on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project are scheduled in the coming weeks — one for the general public, the other specifically for potentially affected landowners and municipalities. To mark Earth Day, Greenfield Community College’s Green Campus Committee will host a forum on … 0

Northfield anti-pipeline info forum tonight

Monday, April 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A local anti-pipeline group will present its research tonight. The Northfield Pipeline Awareness Group will present information about the proposed project at 7:30 p.m. in the dining hall of Redemption Christian Academy, 154 South Mountain Road. There will be a question-and-answer period after the presentation. The … 0

Property owner alleges trespass by pipeline co.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hilltown residents say they remain vigilant following two incidents last week and this week involving survey crews for Houston-based Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, including one with a Plainfield property owner alleging trespass. Plainfield landowner Michael Paulsen says he and his neighbor across Windsor … 2

Opponents say demand for new pipeline ‘overstated’

Friday, April 10, 2015

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s public statements of pipeline demand “appears to be seriously overstated,” area opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week. Massachusetts Pipeline Action Network President Kathryn Eiseman, in a letter Wednesday to FERC, referred to a March 5 … 0

Baker orders look into lowering electric costs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Baker administration has asked the state Department of Public Utilities to investigate how electric utilities can enter into long-term contracts with natural-gas suppliers as part of an effort to increase natural-gas pipeline expansion and lower prices to … 3

Freehand for FERC: letter-writing workshops

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DEERFIELD — The town of Deerfield has become something of a hot spot among those opposed to the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline over the past year, and a group of townspeople are planning to add as many more voices to the mix as they can. … 0

For one Quaker group, a pipeline pilgrimage

Sunday, April 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — If you took a drive around Deerfield Saturday afternoon, chances are you saw a pack of people walking down the road, a banner that read “Climate Change, An Invitation to New Life?” unfurled between them and … 0

COG plans to intervene on pipeline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Franklin Regional Council of Governments is looking into providing legal and technical assistance to help towns deal with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The COG’s Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee, which has been coordinating its efforts with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and other … 0

Northfield wary of “windfall” pitched by pipeline company

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials have warned residents not to be lured by pipeline proponents’ promises of easy money. The Kinder Morgan Co. told the town it could receive millions in annual tax revenue if its planned pipeline and 80,000-horsepower compressor station are built in town. “Kinder Morgan has … 0

Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CONWAY — When it was announced last fall that the price of electricity was expected to spike this winter and that Berkshire Gas would impose a moratorium on new customers due to a regional shortage of natural gas, … 2