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Gas Pipeline

Competing pipeline plan would use existing routes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There’s another pipeline project being proposed through New England, but this one would travel along existing pipeline routes. Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corp. have announced plans to expand natural gas access to New England and to end bottlenecks that have driven up prices when demand spikes in the winter. The companies said Tuesday they expect the $3 billion project expanding an existing Northeast network of coastal pipelines to begin … 0

Kinder Morgan begins FERC filing process

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 miles between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, north of Lowell, would cross nine Franklin County towns — Ashfield, Conway, Shelburne, Deerfield, Montague, Erving, Northfield, Warwick … 0

Can a Board of Health stop the pipeline?

Friday, September 12, 2014

DEERFIELD — Could Deerfield’s Board of Health have the power to prevent Kinder Morgan’s controversial Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline from passing through town? Cristobal Bonifaz, a lawyer from Conway, thinks so, and the Deerfield health board seems ready to follow his lead down that path. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has principal approval power over interstate pipelines, seems to disagree. At … 0

Pipeline sparks growing opposition

Friday, July 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Clarkdale Fruit Farm, usually associated with acres of apples, peaches, cherries growing at this time of year, became a focus Friday of growing opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline as dozens of anti-pipeline protesters gathered … 0

Erving pipeline hearing reveals surveying begun

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ERVING — Both sides of the pipeline debate met in Erving on Tuesday, with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. presenting a slide show, which was followed by an often rhetorical question-and-answer session. It also featured the revelation that survey work had already started. In response to questions from … 0

Area gas pipeline walk starts in Ashfield Thursday

Monday, July 7, 2014

What follows is a schedule of events planned by organizers of a relay walk across along the Massachusetts route of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s pipeline. The walk began Sunday in the Berkshire County town of Richmond. Thursday: Begin Ashfield segment at 9 a.m. on Plainfield border and ending … 0

Erving pipeline talk set for Tuesday night

Monday, July 7, 2014

ERVING — Representatives of the company proposing to build a natural gas pipeline through the county and town are scheduled to attend a public hearing Tuesday evening. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. representatives will meet with the Board of Selectmen in the gym of the Erving Elementary School, 28 … 0

Pipeline protest walk begins Monday

Friday, July 4, 2014

To halt the flow of natural gas through a proposed pipeline from Pennsylvania fracking fields through Berkshire County and Franklin County to Dracut, north of Lowell, opponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project plan a “relay resistance walk” along the Massachusetts route, beginning Monday in Richmond, on … 1

Pipeline compressor station raises questions

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The natural gas pipeline project that’s planned to pass through nine Franklin County towns includes an element that few may be aware of: a barn-sized compressor station to maintain pressure on the line. The pumping station, which a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. map of its proposed Northeast Energy … 0

Conway to form task force to evaluate proposed gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CONWAY — The Conway Board of Health has issued letters to other boards and committees in town requesting the formation of a task force to evaluate the impact of a proposed natural gas pipeline that is proposed to pass through Conway and eight other Franklin County towns on … 0

New revelations stir responses on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The revelation this week that New England state administrators met in closed-door sessions with energy business leaders to craft a plan for billions of dollars of natural gas pipeline development to be passed onto utility ratepayers is raising eyebrows — and further questions — among some area lawmakers. … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Watchdog: States too cozy with gas companies

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A regional environmental watchdog group has released a set of documents it says details a series of closed-door meetings and memos revealing close involvement by electric and gas utilities in developing a plan by the six New England governors to finance gas pipelines and electric transmission lines with … 1

Ashfield joins gas pipeline opposition

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — This hilltown has officially joined the opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline. About 200 voters at the special town meeting this week passed two resolutions intended to signal the community’s resolve to keep the pipeline out. “We’ve been working since March 11, our first … 1

Buckland voters back gas pipeline ban

Friday, June 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — With ample discussion but no debate, special town meeting voters have overwhelmingly approved a ban on “fracked gas” pipelines such as that proposed for Franklin County by Kinder Morgan and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The town’s Energy Committee supports the ban and organized the … 0