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The home at 382 Lower Road in Deerfield is within 500 feet of the path of the proposed natural gas pipeline. Recorder Staff file photo/Paul Franz

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 value of their homes. In August, Heather Reloj, who owns a home on Lower Road in Deerfield, asked the town to repay … 1

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 like one proposed through Franklin County. Six months after being asked by the Baker administration … 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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider whether a proposed gas pipeline is needed or whether … 2

Warwick asks state to pass pipeline concerns along to FERC by deadline

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WARWICK — Warwick’s Conservation Commission is requesting that the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board relay the town’s concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the proposed natural gas pipeline before the Aug. 31 deadline to submit comments on the environmental impacts. On Aug. 12, Warwick’s Conservation Commission … 0

“This home will be worthless to me” Deerfield residents requests taxes back due to pipeline proximity

Friday, August 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — In May 2014, Heather Reloj of Deerfield and her family moved into a white Victorian-style home on Lower Road in Deerfield. It was her dream home; one she’d spent two years searching for from California. She … 0

Rosenberg to lead pipeline hearing Sept. 10

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Senate President Stan Rosenberg, who arranged for the state Department of Public Utilities to conduct a Greenfield public hearing in June on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project and then asked federal officials to delay a July hearing in town, has arranged instead for a Sept. 10 hearing … 0

Shelburne voices gas pipeline concerns

Thursday, August 13, 2015

SHELBURNE — Between 35 to 40 residents came out Thursday night to hear the list of concerns the town’s Pipeline Advisory Committee hopes the Board of Selectmen will submit to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding a mile-long stretch of the proposed Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline that is … 0

Northfield health board issues cease and desist order for pipeline activities

Thursday, August 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Board of Health passed a motion to adopt a cease-and-desist order, similar to Deerfield’s action, prohibiting all activities related to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. from continuing in town. Board member Tom Walker abstained from voting, while Dan Gray and Flora Sadri voted in … 0

Montague concerned about pipeline impact

Thursday, August 13, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Board of Selectmen sent letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Energy Facilities Siting Board this week outlining the town’s concerns about the potential impacts of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, which would pass through 4.7 miles of town. In … 0

Rosenberg calls for lifting Berkshire Gas moratorium

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg called on Berkshire Gas Co. Wednesday to immediately lift its moratorium on new and expanded service in Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire counties and look at alternatives for meeting the region’s need for additional demand. In a letter to Karen Zink, Berkshire Gas president and … 0

Deerfield residents lay out pipeline concerns

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents got another chance to publicly voice their concerns about the proposed Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline project Wednesday night. The safety of town’s drinking water, the proximity of the pipeline to homes, a quarry, an active railyard and power lines topped the list. The … 0

Texas rupture stirs up local gas pipeline conversation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — It seems that residents against the pipeline have taken a leave of absence from Selectboard meetings. The past few public meetings haven’t had any public commenters, but Gulf Road resident Bill Kilpatrick has yet to lose hope. He expressed, once again, that the Selectboard should continue … 0

Certain wildlife species could benefit from pipeline, while others suffer

Monday, August 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, in some cases, may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University … 4

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Shelburne gas pipeline forum set for Thursday

Friday, August 7, 2015

SHELBURNE — If Kinder Morgan’s pipeline is approved for construction across Franklin County, what concerns do you have about how it would be sited and built in part of south, rural Shelburne? The recently formed Shelburne Pipeline Advisory Committee will host a town forum in Memorial Hall on … 0