Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline are following the would-be route of the line in a protest that’s scheduled to last several weeks.
A proposed pipeline would bring natural gas from New York and Pennsylvania through the Berkshires to Dracut, Massachusetts. Many residents are unhappy, but others are excited by the prospect of new jobs.
Representatives from a company proposing a natural gas pipeline across northern Massachusetts made their first appearance in the town of Montague Monday night.
The United States is in the middle of a natural gas boom. This is largely because of fracking, the controversial method for using pressurized fluids to break up rocks to get at the natural gas below.
Heating oil and natural gas prices are each expected to rise by more than 20% in the Northeast this winter compared to last year.
A bill that could significantly increase the amount of renewable energy used by Massachusetts consumers is poised to pass the state legislature in the final days of the current session.