Opponents of the casino proposed for Tiverton, R.I., are concerned the development of nearly 50 acres of woodlands will increase habitat fragmentation and damage ecosystems, such as this one currently enjoyed by a neighbor of the gambling project. (Courtesy photo)

Opponents of the casino proposed for Tiverton, R.I., are concerned the development of nearly 50 acres of woodlands will increase habitat fragmentation and damage ecosystems, such as this one currently enjoyed by a neighbor of the gambling project. (Courtesy photo)

TIVERTON, R.I. — Best environmental practices are already being ignored when it comes to the construction of a new Twin River casino, according to a local environmental attorney.

Local Woodworker Takes to the Road with His Own Portable Sawmill

His company, New England Portable Sawmilling, averages about 40 jobs a year. (David Smith/ecoRI News)

His company, New England Portable Sawmilling, averages about 40 jobs a year. (David Smith/ecoRI News)

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. — Rob Swanson has a sawmill on wheels, and if you have a favorite tree that must be felled, it doesn’t have to be sawed into firewood. He can come to your property and mill it into boards.


Flood of Humanity Held Back by Levees of Technology

Lost in the discussion about climate change — at least the snippets of it not drowned out by the air horns of special interests — is the issue of overpopulation, arguably the main reason the planet is heating up, the oceans are acidifying and the atmosphere is wheezing.


Sneak Attack: Committee Snuffs Out Citizens Bank Divestment

PROVIDENCE — Supporters of the resolution equaled opponents in number, but more likely would have attended had the meeting not been downplayed by city officials as a mere formality, saying a full public hearing would be held on another day.

Many of these well-fed birds feel comfortable around humans, as they roam backyards in Barrington and parking lots on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston. (istock)

Many of these well-fed birds feel comfortable around humans, as they roam backyards in Barrington and parking lots on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston. (istock)

The nonbinding vote can't stop the natural-gas project, but a no vote would compel the Board of Selectmen to oppose it. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

The nonbinding vote can't stop the natural-gas project, but a no vote would compel the Board of Selectmen to oppose it. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

The project never made much sense to the many opponents of the travel plaza/welcome center planned off Interstate 95 in Rhode Island. (ecoRI News)

The project never made much sense to the many opponents of the travel plaza/welcome center planned off Interstate 95 in Rhode Island. (ecoRI News)


R.I. Developers Want Faster Approval for Subdivisions

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island builders want to again loosen restrictions on construction to help accelerate development. The latest development-friendly bill speeds up the process for dividing parcels of land into smaller lots for building single-family homes.


Hearings Scheduled for Providence LNG Facility

Large crowds are expected at the April 26 and May 9 hearings for the liquefied natural gas project slated for the Providence waterfront.