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Group objects to co. owner’s investment in pipeline

Monday, August 3, 2015

The lawyer for an environmental consortium challenging the proposed Northeast Energy Direct project is protesting the decision by Berkshire Gas Co.’s parent company to invest in the project at the same time Berkshire has imposed a moratorium on new customers until the project gets approved. Northeast Energy Solutions, which represents Franklin Land Trust and a 130-member statewide land-trust alliance that includes Mount Grace Land Trust, called Monday on state Attorney … 1

Different pipeline meeting, same concerns

Sunday, August 2, 2015

When the state Energy Facilities Siting Board conducts one of its four public meetings Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Greenfield on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project planned to cut across eight Franklin County towns, many of the voices heard — and many of the arguments made — will likely be the same as those a week earlier. Wednesday’s state meeting will be … 0

Berkshire Gas owner buys 2.5% interest in pipeline

Friday, July 31, 2015

UIL Holdings Corp, owner of Berkshire Gas Co., has announced that it will invest in the Northeast Energy Direct project that would provide natural gas for its customers. UIL announced its investment this week in development of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed, which would cross eight Franklin County towns on its 188-mile route from Wright, N.Y. to Dracut. The project, for which the … 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 … 0

FERC sets pipeline scoping meeting: Will take comment on potential enviromental effects July 29 at GMS

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, which … 0

Northfield compiles pipeline worries for FERC

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Selectboard is asking residents to submit written comments and concerns regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline and compressor station for Northfield so they can be presented to the federal agency that will decide if or how the project is built. A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … 0

Conway asks FERC for clarity on gas pipeline

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Selectboard wants to see a more complete picture of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project, and it told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission so in a letter this week. The letter, sent to FERC Secretary Kimberly D. Bose, requests clearer information … 0

Erving votes to ban fracked gas pipelines at special town meeting Monday

Monday, June 29, 2015

ERVING — A crowd in the Erving Elementary School Gymnasium erupted in cheers and applause after voters approved a resolution to ban fracked gas pipelines from passing through town at a special town meeting Monday night. The resolution was submitted by citizen petition and calls for residents to … 0

Gas pipeline ‘need’ based on winter peak demand

Friday, June 26, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized this week by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a … 1

Institute that made report detailing pipeline job creation has ties to Koch brothers

Friday, June 26, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, with ties to the … 0

Northfield seeks health board help on pipeline

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — At Thursday’s Board of Health meeting, 10 citizens, along with three board members, discussed various options, such as legal representation, that can be taken in order to prevent construction on the proposed natural gas pipeline and compressor station in Northfield. The meeting began with Gulf Road … 0

Critics: Spanish firm’s Berkshire Gas deal points to gas export

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Among “red flags” being raised about a 20-year agreement for Berkshire Gas Co. to buy natural gas from the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline is Berkshire’s planned purchase by Spanish Energy giant Iberdrola. Iberdrola, which won federal approval last month for its bid to acquire Berkshire owners UIL … 1

Warwick asks FERC for pipelinescoping session in Northfield

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WARWICK — On Monday, Warwick’s Selectboard unanimously voted and approved to send a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting that a scoping session be held in Northfield. The letter stated: “If these sessions are held in Boston, that means a 180-mile round trip for Northfield and … 0

Workers say support of pipeline not just about jobs now, but future development (and more jobs later)

Monday, June 22, 2015

For unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s planned Northeast Energy Direct project could represent paydirt, and then some, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 jobs … 3

State nixes anti-pipeline formal intervenor bids

Monday, June 22, 2015

By a single action, the state Department of Public Utilities has formally rejected three petitions related to Berkshire Gas Co.’s proposed long-term contract for gas from Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. With three days of evidentiary hearings scheduled to begin Wednesday in Boston on the … 2