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Gas Pipeline

Potential health effects cause concern for some residents

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The health risks for a pipeline and a compressor station are endless, according to Holly Lovelace, Gulf Road resident. She and her husband live about one-third of a mile from the proposed compressor station that Kinder Morgan plans to build along the stretch of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that is planned to pass through Northfield. Since the whispers among her neighbors started about a year ago that a … 1

Northfield preps list of pipeline concerns for FERC hearing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Editor's Note: Northfield residents have been preparing for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental “scoping session” hearing on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The hearing is set for the Greenfield Middle School at 6:30 p.m. tonight. In these stories, reporter Rachel Rapkin has taken a closer look at what one small … 0

How to submit environmental comments for proposed pipeline

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Unless otherwise noted, Aug. 31 is the last day to submit questions, comments and concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Docket No. PF14-22-000. Comments relating to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project to bring natural gas to nine Franklin County towns should focus on environmental concerns such as water and air quality, emergency services and … 0

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

Northfield residents discuss options regarding pipeline, compressor station

Friday, June 19, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Hoping to strengthen their hand against a natural gas pipeline compressor station planned for their neighborhood, residents of the Gulf Road area have turned to the Pipeline Awareness Network. About 20 residents met this week with … 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