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In this Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 photo, Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey stands for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press in Boston. Healey will become the nation's first openly gay state attorney general when she takes office in January. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Kulik: AG Healey should represent Mass. with FERC

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Of the more than 5,300 bills filed by last Friday’s legislative deadline was one by Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, that would extend authority to the attorney general for dealing with natural gas pipelines. With Attorney General Maura Healey taking over the position from eight-year incumbent Martha Coakley, the bill would grant a say in the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s … 1

ISO New England calls for increased gas capacity

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stopping short of endorsing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project, the head of New England’s electricity grid operator said Wednesday that even though a relatively mild winter has driven down energy costs for the region, there is a long-term need for more capacity to feed a power system driven by natural-gas competitiveness. ISO-New England President and Chief Executive Officer Gordon van … 0

Kulik proceeds with pipeline royalty bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Proposed legislation designed to ensure property owners whose land is taken by eminent domain during natural gas pipeline construction are properly compensated for any gas that travels the line and is sold overseas has been introduced in state House of Representatives. State Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, filed the bill, HD 3168, in the state House of Representatives. Titled “An Act providing … 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 … 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 … 0

Gas pipeline co. postpones meetings

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has postponed its series of open house meetings about its Northeast Energy Direct proposal, some of which had been scheduled for early December in Orange, Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, to allow more time for … 0

Pipeline co. files draft environmental report

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. filed sections of its draft environmental report Wednesday for its Northeast Energy Direct project, recommending against alternatives that would send the pipeline along Route 2, the Massachusetts Turnpike or southern New Hampshire instead of its preferred path through nine Franklin County towns. The second … 1

Berkshire Gas set to turn away new customers

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, according to Berkshire Gas, a development that will force the company to turn away new customers in Franklin County by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to areas of Hampshire … 1

Warwick to brainstorm on pipeline

Monday, November 3, 2014

WARWICK — The town is invited to help draft a letter to the federal agency that governs the proposed natural gas pipeline. Residents and several town boards will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall to put their opposition to the pipeline in writing, to be sent … 0

New lobbying group to run ads for gas pipeline

Monday, October 27, 2014

With higher electricity costs scheduled to kick in next week for National Grid customers, a recently created “Coalition to Lower Energy Costs” is planning a media campaign, backed by large industrial electricity users — and organized by lobbyists connected to pipeline proponent Kinder Morgan — pushing for support … 2

Deerfield Health Board votes to ban proposed pipeline

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s borders, calling the project an “unreasonable risk to the health and lives of … 0

Gas pipeline company schedules Franklin County meetings

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline has scheduled three “open house” meetings in Franklin County to discuss its proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline project for Dec. 2, 3 and 10. The company on Tuesday submitted its schedule of a dozen meeting dates with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including Dec. … 0

Weekend tag sales support anti-gas pipeline efforts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anyone thinking that opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline is simply a case of “not in my backyard” might stop and think that the path from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut through nine Franklin County towns is a long backyard. To fund what’s expected to be a lengthy … 0

Dueling gas pipelines?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline or Brand X? Proponents of a pipeline that would pass through nine Franklin County towns have responded to a competing proposal that would instead bring natural gas to the region along the coast, telling its potential wholesale natural-gas customers the choice “should be clear” between … 4

FERC OKs fast-track pre-filing for pipeline

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s request to use an expedited “pre-filing” process for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, prompting an immediate letter from Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., expressing his “extreme disappointment” in the decision and the pace of the proposed proceedings, … 1