Gas Pipeline

Gas pipeline blasting could disturb waste dumps, say conservation groups

Sunday, November 29, 2015

ERVING — Local conservation groups worry construction of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline could compromise two waste dumps on the banks of the Millers River, polluting the Connecticut River tributary. The Erving Conservation Commission and the Millers River Watershed Council say blasting to make way for the proposed natural gas pipeline could tip a paper sludge dump in Erving and a construction dump on the … 0

Warwick joins Municipal Coalition Against Pipeline

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WARWICK — Warwick is the most recent town to join the Municipal Coalition Against the Pipeline. The coalition consists of 10 towns including Wendell, New Salem and Orange, which aren’t included in the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed route to transport natural gas through western Massachusetts but feel it’s important to help neighboring … 0

Actress Susan Sarandon supports work of local land conservation and energy organizations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Earlier this week, activist and actress Susan Sarandon released a statement opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project to transport gas through eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania to Dracut, north of Lowell. Leigh Youngblood, executive director of Mount Grace Land Trust, said in … 0

Northfield protesters add second weekly pipeline vigil

Sunday, October 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Everybody knows in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. When the European explorer discovered the New World, he found that indigenous people had already claimed some of the land as their home. His poor treatment … 1

FERC seeks missing gas pipeline details

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Federal regulators have sent the proponents of a roughly 420-mile natural gas pipeline planned to cross Franklin County a 32-page list of issues they want to see addressed in the report filed with the formal application for the … 1

Erving approves pipeline mitigation money

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ERVING — There was standing room only at Tuesday night’s special town meeting, during which voters approved funding for legal and technical assistance related to the pipeline. All 10 items on the warrant passed, including appropriating money to help hire a new administrative coordinator after Tom Sharp retired … 0

Of pipelines and property values: Will proposed project affect price of homes in region?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — With a natural gas pipeline and accompanying compressor station proposed to be built in Franklin County, many residents in the eight towns along the expected route have found themselves worrying about how it could affect the … 2

DPU allows long-term contracts between utilities, pipelines

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price hikes, the state’s utility regulators will let power generators sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. Yet what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new pipelines … 1

Rosenberg calls FERC meeting ‘fruitful’: Says commission sees natural gas as bridge to renewable energy

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reporting on what he called “very, very fruitful” discussions with federal energy officials in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Thursday that active participation by the public and the states can be helpful in getting the … 2

Rosenberg to meet with FERC Wednesday; bringing 'at least a couple thousand pages’ of testimony on pipeline

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

When he meets with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today, state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says he will not only present three large binders stuffed with “at least a couple thousand pages” of testimony on the proposed Northeast … 0

Pipeline survey raises questions

Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Take note when answering your next phone call: You could become part of a natural gas pipeline survey. Richard N. Wheatley, a spokesman for Kinder Morgan, parent company of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., said the … 1

Proposed bylaws target pipeline in Conway

Thursday, September 24, 2015

CONWAY — New noise and earth-removal bylaws that Conway voters may be asked to approve this fall will target the construction process and operation of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline project, according to members … 0

Berkshire Gas seeks 13% rate decrease: Natural gas supply rates expected to drop statewide this winter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Last winter’s record cold saw gas heating bills of many of Franklin County’s residents soar, but Berkshire Gas has asked the state for a 13 percent rate decrease for the coming winter over last year’s prices. If approved by the Department of Public Utilities, the new … 0

Conway seeks pipeline intervenor status

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CONWAY — Conway plans to seek full intervenor status in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process that will determine whether the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s controversial Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project is approved. If the town … 0

State attorney general slams DPU review of gas pipeline

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities decision last month approving three long-term natural-gas supply agreements with the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline “makes it more important than ever” that federal regulators conduct a comprehensive and meaningful examination of the need for and alternatives to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0