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Guest Blog: You Can’t Get There from Here: Protecting Irreplaceable Wildlife Corridors
by Conservation Law Foundation

Scott Comings is the Associate State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island. In his role at The Nature Conservancy, he has worked with and facilitated hundreds of scientific research projects in the state, participated in multiple statewide habitat assessments and overseen stewardship of all of the Conservancy’s Rhode Island lands since 2009. Previous…

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More Nails in the Coffin for Spectra’s Pipeline Expansion Project?
by Melissa Birchard

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a pair of decisions that underscores the dimming prospects for Spectra’s once-dreamed-of pipeline expansion to bring more fracked gas north over a pipeline dubbed “Access Northeast.” In one decision, the federal agency rejected a request by Spectra subsidiary Algonquin to waive market rules designed to cut down…

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Massachusetts’ Highest Court Rejects Public Subsidies for Fossil Fuels

“This is an incredibly important and timely decision,” said David Ismay, CLF’s lead attorney on the case. “Today our highest court affirmed Massachusetts’ commitment to an open energy future by rejecting the Baker Administration’s attempt to subsidize the dying fossil fuel industry. The course of our economy and our energy markets runs counter to the will of multi-billion dollar pipeline companies, and, thanks to today’s decision, the government will no longer be able to unfairly and unlawfully tip the scales.”

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Renewable Natural Gas – Another Missed Opportunity for Vermont Gas Systems
by Sandy Levine

When Vermont regulators approved an ill-fated natural gas pipeline in 2013, they required that the pipeline make available renewable natural gas for its customers. As conceived, this would be a (very) small step to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from expanding the use of fossil fuels in Vermont. Natural gas is methane. Cow poop also…

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Cleaning Up New England’s Energy Market
by David Ismay

New England’s regional electric grid operator, ISO-New England (ISO-NE), recently revealed that it is exploring a potential shift in how our region’s energy markets work. Although made with little fanfare, the announcement of what ISO-NE is calling its “Integrating Markets and Public Policy” (IMAPP) initiative (which begins today with a members-only “solution ideas day” in…

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Maine PUC Chooses Polluting Pipeline Over Consumers
by Ben Tettlebaum

The Maine Public Utilities Commission recently approved pursuing a contract that would force electricity consumers to subsidize Spectra Energy’s massive new polluting natural gas pipeline, Access Northeast (ANE). The PUC’s decision cuts deep into your pocketbook and sets Maine and New England on a course to upend our climate goals. One Billion Dollars Down the…

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Pipeline Expansion Threatens U.S. Climate Goals, Study Says

… “I think that just goes to show that this paper is looking at the beginning of the problem and there are even more impactful pipeline expansions across the country,” said Caitlin Peale Sloan, an attorney with Massachusetts based environmental advocacy group Conservation Law Foundation. Sloan said increasing natural gas capacity conflicts with state legislation…