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The Appalachian Mountain Club has officially been designated an intervenor opposing the plan to build a 145-mile, above-ground transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts, crossing through Maine—a project known as New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC). Of this stretch, 53 miles would require a new, 150-foot wide corridor to be cut through the undeveloped forest…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week a rollback and replacement plan for the Clean Power Plan, with the ill-fitting name of the Affordable Clean Energy rule. The Clean Power Plan was adopted under the Obama administration as a substantial step forward in managing our largest source of pollution and greenhouse gases, our power…

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Northeastern Pennsylvania is on its way to officially becoming a fracking-free zone. In November 2017, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released draft regulations that included a basin-wide ban on the high-pressure injection of water and sediment into the ground to release natural gas for harvesting. A public comment period ended March 30, and DRBC…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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Update: A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service on May 24, 2018, challenging a December 2017 memo that reinterpreted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This year marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). One of the nation’s oldest and most impactful…

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Among the 20 million acres of forestland protected in the United States since Congress passed the Weeks Act, in 1911, those known collectively as the White Mountain National Forest stand alone. There’s no other alpine zone on the continent as accessible as this one. What you find on the West Coast at 12,000 feet can…

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Update: The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted on May 24, 2018, to uphold its February decision, choosing not to reconsider the Northern Pass proposal. Northern Pass’s parent company, Eversource, is deliberating whether to appeal to the state supreme court. After more than eight years of research, public hearings, expert testimony, and debate, one…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is opposed to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line as currently proposed. Upcoming Event: Ask Central Maine Power-Avangrid the tough questions about the massive, subsidized electricity line they are proposing. Residents in Franklin County, Maine can make their voices heard on Monday, July 16th at a critical…

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Northern Pass Rejection in NH Matched by MA Selection Committee Earlier today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts terminated contract negotiations with Eversource under the MA Clean Energy RFP, eliminating the energy company’s highly controversial Northern Pass project from consideration. Northern Pass as proposed would have cut a 192-mile transmission corridor through scenic New Hampshire landscapes, constructing…

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative—widely considered one of the most powerful domestic tools against climate change in the absence of federal action—is poised to extend its geographical reach along the East Coast this year. RGGI (pronounced “Reggie”) is a regional cap-and-trade program aimed at cutting airborne pollution from power plants by setting a limit on…

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