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Judy Wolter stands on Jere Nelson’s property line in Northfield with hand-painted signs against the pipeline and compressor station. 

Recorder / Rachel Rapkin

AG Healey’s office to lead regional gas capacity study

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — An evaluation of options for the region’s electricity needs over the next 15 years, including whether more natural gas capacity is necessary, is being launched by Attorney General Maura Healey. The attorney general’s office announced Monday that the study will be conducted, with support from the Barr Foundation of Boston, to better understand the need for additional gas capacity in New England. The study will also identify and evaluate options to address electricity reliability needs through 2030. “Our goal with this study is to identify the most cost-effective solutions for ratepayers that will also allow us to achieve our regional climate goals,” Healey … 1

Northfield rejects meeting with Kinder Morgan prior to scoping session

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — During this week’s Selectboard meeting, attendees were asked, using a show of hands, who prefers to have a one-on-one meeting — called an open house — with Kinder Morgan pipeline representatives. A similar meeting was held In February at Greenfield Community College. Spokespeople from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. answered questions from locals, regarding the proposed 300-mile pipeline route that would … 1

Northfield residents certain of danger with gas pipeline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Gulf Road resident Judy Wolter isn’t afraid to voice her opinion and can frequently be found holding hand-painted signs at the edge of Jere S. Nelson’s property line — where a proposed natural gas pipeline and compressor station might go. “No pipeline station or compressor on Gulf Road,” it reads. “I … 0

AG’s filing pitches alternatives to new gas pipelines

Friday, June 19, 2015

BOSTON — As the Baker administration contemplates allowing utilities for the first time to buy capacity on not-yet-built natural gas pipelines, Attorney General Maura Healey is urging caution. The attorney general’s office believes reduced energy consumption and other alternatives to new gas infrastructure could better rein in spiking … 0

Land trust group aims to halt state proceedings on Berkshire Gas request to proposed pipeline

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An anti-pipeline environmental coalition is calling on the Supreme Judicial Court to halt state proceedings on a request by Berkshire Gas Co. to tap into Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project — concerned the state Department of Public Utilities is ignoring its appeal to intervene … 0

Northfield officials report on Pa. compressor visit

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield, Mass., and Wellsboro, Pa., each have about 3,000 residents, and both rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, where the downtown has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted … 4

Pipeline review process leaves room for public involvement

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fifth in a series (EDITOR’S NOTE: In coming weeks, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through Franklin County will proceed through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process to choose which issues to include in an … 0

Crowd slams state at pipeline hearing

Thursday, June 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — Some of those who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the DPU’s process almost as much as on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. … 3

‘I hope my town can help me.’ Northfield woman says compressor siting effectively condemns her home

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Like a new car driving off the sales lot, Holly Lovelace’s house value, she claims, has dropped due to Kinder Morgan’s interest in 200 acres for a natural gas pipeline compressor station one-third of a mile away from … 5

Environmental issues at forefront of concerns over pipeline

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fourth in a series (EDITOR’S NOTE: In coming weeks, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through Franklin County will proceed through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process to choose which issues to include in an … 0

AG asks DPU to hold up on Berkshire pipeline case

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

When the state Department of Public Utilities airs public comments Thursday on Berkshire Gas Co.’s agreement to buy natural gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, it will be doing so over the objection of the state Attorney General’s Office. Thursday’s public hearing is … 2

Noisy neighbor? For many, compressor station becoming a hot-button issue

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Third in a series (EDITOR’S NOTE: In coming weeks, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through Franklin County will proceed through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process to choose which issues to include in an … 0

Is a new pipeline really needed?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Second in a series (EDITOR’S NOTE: In coming weeks, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through Franklin County will proceed through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process to choose which issues to include in an … 3

Gas pipeline would slide under the rivers and through the woods of Franklin County

Sunday, June 7, 2015

First in a series (EDITOR’S NOTE: In coming weeks, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through Franklin County will proceed through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process to choose which issues to include in an … 4

COG collecting towns’ concerns with pipeline

Friday, June 5, 2015

What questions does the upcoming environmental impact review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s project through Franklin County need to answer? The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is making a list on behalf of the eight towns that the planned $5 billion project would pass through, so it’s ready … 0