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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 … 0

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

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

Gas pipeline foes parse draft impact report

Friday, March 20, 2015

While Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s draft environmental impact report for its Northeast Energy Direct project is being reviewed by area groups and communities along the 430-mile-long path, groups have been responding to the proposal in general — especially environmental organizations battling the proposed roughly $5 billion project. Northeast Energy … 1

Deerfield vows legal action against state if survey permission granted

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — If the state Department of Public Utilities grants Tennessee Gas Co. the right to access private property to survey against the wishes of its owner, Deerfield has vowed to expand the federal negligence claims it has filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the federal … 0

Tennessee Gas files draft environmental impact report

Friday, March 13, 2015

The proponents of a natural gas pipeline that would cross Franklin County passed a key milestone Friday by filing its first draft environmental impact report on the roughly $5 billion project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is proposing that its Northeast Energy Direct … 0

Historic Deerfield denies Tennessee Gas pipeline survey request

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield has officially counted itself among the growing number of groups and organizations to stand against Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed natural gas pipeline, which is expected to pass through the museum’s property in Deerfield’s North Meadows. Museum President Philip Zea, in a letter to James … 0

Utilities join pipeline effort

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. announced Thursday that it has lined up utilities and other entities to buy gas through its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Parent company Kinder Morgan said its subsidiary now has commitments from National Grid, Liberty Utilities, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Connecticut Natural Gas Corp. … 0

Deerfield concerned about pipeline in rail yard

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s route will pass through the property and further spread … 0

Northfield: Pipeline surveyors unwelcome on town land for now

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials have barred the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. from surveying town-owned lands for the time being. The Selectboard voted to ask pipeline parent company Kinder Morgan to stop surveying on town-owned land until the May annual town meeting. Although many opposed to the pipeline have … 1

Deerfield amends tort action on pipeline

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — A federal tort action filed by the town against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this month has been amended to add the U.S. Department of Energy to the complaint as a defendant. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act private parties have the right to sue … 0

National Grid signs on to Spectra gas pipeline expansion

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

National Grid is joining the former Northeast Utilities in a $3 billion project to bring an additional 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to the region for electricity generation. Eversource Energy — formerly Northeast Utilities … 0

Celebrating Washington, opposing pipeline

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — George Washington may be best recalled, as far as legends are concerned, with his chopping of a cherry tree. But his Feb. 22 birthday, at least among those who recall the heyday of the anti-nuclear movement in Franklin County, is remembered for Sam Lovejoy’s 1974 toppling … 0

Conway denies TGP request to survey

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CONWAY — The town will not allow Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to survey a 1.1-acre piece of town-owned land on Bardwells Ferry Road for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The Selectboard voted Tuesday night to deny the request, citing the need to respect the townspeople’s vote to … 0