PROVIDENCE — A Sheldon Street resident replaced an attic window with a double-pane model she bought at Home Depot. Shortly thereafter, she received a letter from the Providence Historic District Commission informing her that a lien had been placed on her home, and that it would only be lifted when she replaced the new window with a replica of the original single-pane window.
The 2008 forest survey of Rhode Island reported a total of 348,400 acres of forest in the state — a reduction of more than 11 percent from the 393,000 acres reported in 1998, according to the 2015 R.I. Wildlife Action Plan. The past eight years haven’t been any kinder to the state’s collection of forests.
The Conservation Law Foundation has filed a motion to dismiss the so-called “pipeline tax” in Rhode Island. The motion is being made after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that utilities can't charge their electric customers for the cost of expanding natural-gas pipelines.
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — A power plant needs water, but the proposed Clear River Energy Center is having trouble getting it. In the latest defeat, the Pascoag Utility District, the public water utility for 1,200 local residents, recently voted to deny Invenergy access to polluted municipal wells for cooling water.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s elected representatives didn’t even flinch when, right before the 2016 session ended, they OK’d putting a bond to expand the Port of Providence, which included the possibility of using taxpayer money to fill in 31 acres of Narragansett Bay, on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Fish from Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean have been known to turn up in local waters in late summer every year for decades. But lately they’ve been showing up earlier in the season and in larger numbers, which is raising questions among those who pay attention to such things.