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Gas Pipeline

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. rejects Ashfield ban

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says the Selectboard has no legal authority to deny the company or its contractors permission to survey town-owned roads as part of the research for a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through western Massachusetts. The July 30 TGP letter came in response to the Selectboard’s July 14 letter, reporting that the town had voted to oppose the TGP pipeline through Ashfield. At … 1

Pipeline meeting in Orange outlines action towns can take

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — Local people have potentially more of a say in determining the fate of a proposed gas pipeline through Franklin County than they may realize, a local conservationist is telling pipeline foes. Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust Executive Director Leigh Youngblood addressed about 40 people Tuesday, wearing an “Article 97” T-shirt to remind them of a state constitutional provision protecting conservation lands … 0

Conway lawyer offers to help Deerfield fight gas pipeline

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — A lawyer from Conway has offered his assistance to the town of Deerfield in its fight to stop the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project. Cristobal Bonifaz made the offer during a standing-room-only special meeting of the Board of Selectmen Wednesday night, which was called for the purpose of discussing and … 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

Clarkdale: Pipeline would cut through 100-year-old orchard

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — A proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline could cut through the peach and apple orchards that have been growing fruit in the Deerfield River Valley for a 100 years, according to owners of Clarkdale Fruit Farm. Surveyors with … 0

Pipeline put on your property may be mortgage violation

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It may or may not be an unlikely scenario, but allowing a gas pipeline to be sited on your property could put you at risk of technically violating your mortgage agreement, say local experts who are investigating the legal ramifications of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposal for its … 0

Buckland special meeting to weigh pipeline ban, bills

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — Re-voting the town’s assessment for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, paying bills and voting on a townwide ban on “fracked gas” pipelines are on Thursday’s special town meeting warrant. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall upstairs meeting room. While selectmen have … 0

Lawmakers pledge to fight gas pipeline

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just about the only thing missing from a Tuesday night panel on the proposed natural gas pipeline was the project’s proponents. The Kinder Morgan Co., which proposed the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s northeast expansion, declined the invitation … 2

Ashfield ‘abuzz’ over pipeline, helicopters

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Selectboard’s meeting room in Town Hall Monday night was crowded, hot and stuffy, so townspeople opened two doors for a little cross-ventilation — but not for long. Within minutes the hall reverberated with the loud buzz of a helicopter that seemed to return over and … 2

Pipeline ban back on Buckland special town meeting agenda

Monday, June 2, 2014

BUCKLAND — After a petition drive to ban natural gas pipelines through town missed a deadline for getting 100 voters’ signatures, the Board of Selectmen agreed to take the article to the voters on the town’s June 19 special town meeting. Last Tuesday, members of the Energy Committee … 0

Pipeline forum at GCC tonight

Monday, June 2, 2014

A community forum organized by those with questions and concerns about Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Expansion Project through Massachusetts is tonight. The forum will take place in the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons from 6 to 8 p.m. The program’s first hour will be devoted to the proposal … 0