Gas Pipeline

Northfield wary of “windfall” pitched by pipeline company

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials have warned residents not to be lured by pipeline proponents’ promises of easy money. The Kinder Morgan Co. told the town it could receive millions in annual tax revenue if its planned pipeline and 80,000-horsepower compressor station are built in town. “Kinder Morgan has indicated in writing that the project could bring Northfield $3 million in taxes,” said Selectboard Chairman John “Jack” Spanbauer. “Our research has … 0

Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CONWAY — When it was announced last fall that the price of electricity was expected to spike this winter and that Berkshire Gas would impose a moratorium on new customers due to a regional shortage of natural gas, the speculation began almost immediately. Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed natural gas pipeline had been the … 2

Gas pipeline foes parse draft impact report

Friday, March 20, 2015

While Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s draft environmental impact report for its Northeast Energy Direct project is being reviewed by area groups and communities along the 430-mile-long path, groups have been responding to the proposal in general — especially environmental organizations battling the proposed roughly $5 billion project. Northeast Energy Solutions, a coalition of land-trust organizations in the region including Franklin Land Trust and the … 1

Pipeline execs contributed to Baker gubernatorial campaign

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Five top executives of Kinder Morgan — the Houston-based corporation that hopes to build a pipeline through Massachusetts — each made maximum allowable personal contributions the campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, according to state campaign finance records. The $500 contributions — all made on Election Day — went … 0

Kinder Morgan, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce organize meeting on pipeline for businesses

Monday, November 24, 2014

A statewide industrial group, together with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a Dec. 2 “business community energy briefing” to discuss Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed pipeline. The meeting, which is open by invitation only to the chamber’s board members and to large energy users, is … 4

Pipeline route may detour into N.H.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A route through New Hampshire for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s project has emerged as the primary route for the planned pipeline. TGP, which earlier this month proposed several alternatives to a route that would cross nine Franklin County towns on its path from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, plans … 0

N. Quabbin Chamber of Commerce refuses pipeline co. membership

Monday, November 24, 2014

ORANGE — When is a business’s interests not necessarily in the interest of a business group? The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce had pause over that question when it considered whether to accept Tennessee Gas Pipeline parent company Kinder Morgan for membership. The chamber’s 12-member board of directors … 0

Compressor stations reason for concern?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — When Tom and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farm and learned a month or so ago that Kinder Morgan was changing its preferred route for its proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project south from a path that would have cut across their peach orchard, they were relieved, … 1

Forester concerned about pipeline route

Monday, November 17, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance … 0

Gas co.: Current customers covered

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — While Berkshire Gas Co. claims that its natural gas supply line is nearly maxed out, forcing a moratorium on new customers, that should have no impact on its 5,700 customers in Franklin County and 3,400 in Hampshire County, according to a company spokesman. Chris Farrell said … 1

UMass preparing reports on pipeline effects

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The University of Massachusetts is reviewing the state’s environmental resources that could be affected by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed 128-mile route across the state. The university’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a series of reports beginning early this month that will put … 0

Gas pipeline co. postpones meetings

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has postponed its series of open house meetings about its Northeast Energy Direct proposal, some of which had been scheduled for early December in Orange, Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, to allow more time for … 0

Pipeline co. files draft environmental report

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. filed sections of its draft environmental report Wednesday for its Northeast Energy Direct project, recommending against alternatives that would send the pipeline along Route 2, the Massachusetts Turnpike or southern New Hampshire instead of its preferred path through nine Franklin County towns. The second … 1

Berkshire Gas set to turn away new customers

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, according to Berkshire Gas, a development that will force the company to turn away new customers in Franklin County by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to areas of Hampshire … 1

Warwick to brainstorm on pipeline

Monday, November 3, 2014

WARWICK — The town is invited to help draft a letter to the federal agency that governs the proposed natural gas pipeline. Residents and several town boards will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall to put their opposition to the pipeline in writing, to be sent … 0