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FILE - In this image Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, provided by the West Virginia State Police, shows a fireball erupting across Interstate 77 from a gas line explosion in Sissonville, W.Va. Accident investigators issue a report and safety recommendations based three powerful gas transmission line explosions in California, Florida and West Virginia. In each case, the gas company failed conduct inspections or tests that might have revealed weaknesses in the massive pipelines. In the California accident, 9 people were killed and 70 homes destroyed. In the West Virginia incident, the stretch of pipeline that ruptured, igniting a fire that destroyed three homes and damaged several others, hadn’t been inspected or tested for 24 years.   (AP Photo/West Virginia State Police)

Pipeline problems?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. A major effort a decade ago by the federal government to check a rise in violent pipeline failures in “high-consequence” areas where … 0

Kulik: AG Healey should represent Mass. with FERC

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Of the more than 5,300 bills filed by last Friday’s legislative deadline was one by Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, that would extend authority to the attorney general for dealing with natural gas pipelines. With Attorney General Maura Healey taking over the position from eight-year incumbent Martha Coakley, the bill would grant a say … 1

ISO New England calls for increased gas capacity

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stopping short of endorsing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project, the head of New England’s electricity grid operator said Wednesday that even though a relatively mild winter has driven down energy costs for the region, there is a long-term need for more capacity to feed a power system driven by natural-gas competitiveness. ISO-New England President and Chief Executive Officer Gordon van … 0

FERC OKs fast-track pre-filing for pipeline

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s request to use an expedited “pre-filing” process for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, prompting an immediate letter from Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., expressing his “extreme disappointment” in the decision and the pace of the proposed proceedings, … 1

Pipeline co. uses old maps

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The topographical maps included as part of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week are apparently more than 20 years old and exclude many homes, buildings and other infrastructure along and near the proposed 334-mile pipeline route, according to comments filed with … 0

No response from pipeline co., Deerfield to take up issue Oct. 22

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DEERFIELD — Fifteen days have passed since Deerfield’s Board of Health submitted a series of questions to Kinder Morgan, but the pipeline company has continued to maintain its silence. By 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon — the deadline set for a response from Kinder Morgan — Deerfield had not … 1

Has pipeline seismic testing already begun?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Efforts to site a natural gas pipeline across Massachusetts, including nine Franklin County towns, became official only last week, but some people who live along that route contend there may be seismic testing already beginning for the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project. While the … 0

State to FERC: scrutinize pipeline route

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, arguing the route is a highly sensitive environmental area. A “preliminary, non-exhaustive” state review of the route shows that it would pass through … 0

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 … 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, … 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 … 0

Deerfield Board of Health questions pipeline safety

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — Kinder Morgan has 15 days to respond to concerns raised by Deerfield’s Board of Health before it meets to evaluate the safety of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline and decide whether it should be allowed … 0

Deerfield Board of Health meeting tonight to look at pipeline’s potential danger

Monday, September 8, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town Board of Health will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss whether the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline would present an “unacceptable health danger” to the town. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Frontier Regional School. At a … 0

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CONWAY — The safety of the community and questions about the contents of natural gas that will flow through a proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline dominated a special Selectboard meeting in Conway Thursday night. In a question-and-answer session that followed a brief presentation by parent company Kinder Morgan, … 3

Northfield officials oppose gas pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town has joined the growing list of communities that officially oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. The Selectboard approved a resolution against the Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion at its Tuesday meeting. The pipeline is proposed to cross nine Franklin County towns on … 0