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4 Things You Should Know About CLF’s work on Natural Gas
by Shanna Cleveland

As I write this, CLF President John Kassel and I have just left the White House. We were there as part of a small group of environmental leaders, industry and union heads, regulators, and policy makers invited to participate in a special White House roundtable on reducing methane emissions – a potent greenhouse gas with…

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CLF Appeals Withholding of Public Records on Regional Energy Plans
by Sandy Levine

Conservation Law Foundation filed appeals in Vermont and Massachusetts regarding the withholding of public documents about the development of the New England Governors’ regional energy plans, which include gas pipeline and hydropower projects. CLF requested these documents in March to bring transparency to the process surrounding the Governors’ plans, which to date have been shrouded…

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Documents Reveal Governors’ Gas and Hydropower Plan Shaped by Industry and Incomplete Analysis
by Christophe Courchesne

In January, the New England Governors announced a plan to finance new gas pipelines and electric transmission lines across the region with billions of dollars in funding from residents and businesses. In an effort to bring transparency to the process that led to and continues to inform the Governors’ plan, in March, Conservation Law Foundation…

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Vermont Gas — Faulty Analysis, Faulty Results
by Sandy Levine

Taking climate change seriously means taking a hard look at proposals to expand fossil fuels in the region. Science tells us we need to move quickly – run, don’t walk – away from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable sources of energy. The massive new pipeline proposed by Vermont Gas will run (not walk) through Vermont…

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Public Hearing: Vermont Gas Pipeline Expansion
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on the proposed Phase 2 expansion of Vermont Gas facilities. Vermont Gas Systems ExpansionThursday evening, June 12, 2014 7:00 p.m Middlebury Union High School Auditorium73 Charles Ave., Middlebury, VT At a time when climate change is upon us we must think carefully about putting in place new…

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Climate Problems of Expanding Natural Gas
by Sandy Levine

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Take natural gas. Its oft-touted low cost and climate benefits are overrated – reminiscent of the nuclear industry’s promise a few decades ago to provide power that would be “too cheap to meter.” True, current low gas prices have helped the region close its…

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A Fix for Natural Gas Leaks: Contact Your State Senator
by Shanna Cleveland

Literally thousands of natural gas leaks, invisible to the naked eye, are releasing methane across Massachusetts right now. That’s right, Massachusetts, home of innovation and the clean tech economy is also home to some of the oldest natural gas pipelines in the country. Even the State House sits atop some pipelines from the 1800s. The…

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Salem Gas Plant Settlement: True Success Will Lie in Setting Required Emission Limits for Future Projects
by N. Jonathan Peress

By unanimous vote, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board has adopted a groundbreaking settlement agreement between Footprint Power and CLF regarding the New Jersey–based developer’s proposed natural-gas-fired power plant in Salem. That agreement requires an approximately 80% reduction in allowable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the proposed natural gas-fired power plant by 2050, and the…

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Sensible Thoughts About the Proposed Salem MA Gas-Fired Power Plant
by Seth Kaplan

The editorial page of the Boston Globe today weighed in on the natural gas-fired power plant that a New Jersey–based company (Footprint Power) is seeking to build in Salem, Massachusetts. The whole editorial is well worth reading – but the final three paragraphs are particularly striking: Footprint CEO Peter Furniss says the plant will start…