The turbine will be running again in January, after damaged magnets in the generator are replaced. (Deepwater Wind)

The turbine will be running again in January, after damaged magnets in the generator are replaced. (Deepwater Wind)

PROVIDENCE — When the Block Island Wind Farm officially goes online this month only four of its five offshore turbines will be operating. Turbine 2 broke down in early November during routine testing. A weeklong inspection revealed a metal object in a gap between the turbine’s generator and direct-drive system.

Law Foundation Again Seeks Dismissal of Proposed Rhode Island Pipeline Tax

In late September the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission put off acting on a request to dismiss the pipeline tax, claiming it would create administrative difficulties for National Grid. (ecoRI News)

In late September the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission put off acting on a request to dismiss the pipeline tax, claiming it would create administrative difficulties for National Grid. (ecoRI News)

The Conservation Law Foundation is pushing back against the idea of a pipeline tax in Rhode Island. Recent court decisions rejected the tax in New Hampshire and Connecticut.


Community Approach to Non-Native Species Reduction Needed

There are few ecosystems today that are free from fragmentation and disturbance, a result of increased human development. More than 40 percent of Rhode Island’s native ecosystems are mowed or paved. Within many of the remaining intact green spaces, non-native species thrive.


Save The Bay Challenges Army Corps Plan to Elevate Homes

A plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to pay for and elevate buildings along 28 miles of Rhode Island’s southern coast is being challenged by one of the state’s largest environmental groups.

Foresters, biologists and ecologists warn that Rhode Island’s forests are in trouble unless the state’s deer herd can be reduced and managed more effectively. (TNC)

Foresters, biologists and ecologists warn that Rhode Island’s forests are in trouble unless the state’s deer herd can be reduced and managed more effectively. (TNC)

Opponents of a proposed natural-gas pipeline compressor station are growing in numbers as they gear up for a lengthy fight with a large Texas-based energy company. (CARCS)

Opponents of a proposed natural-gas pipeline compressor station are growing in numbers as they gear up for a lengthy fight with a large Texas-based energy company. (CARCS)

The Scituate Reservoir, which provides drinking water for 60 percent of the state, has been a point of debate when it comes to the state's flooding issues.

The Scituate Reservoir, which provides drinking water for 60 percent of the state, has been a point of debate when it comes to the state's flooding issues.


CVS Improving Chemical Policies for Products

Rhode Island-based CVS Health is slowly making strides to rid its shelves of chemical-filled cosmetics and shampoos, according to a new report on consumer safety.


Emergence of Winter Moths Could Mean More Defoliation

KINGSTON, R.I. — Winter moths should be fluttering around porch lights and car headlights any day now, laying eggs that may lead to another spring of defoliated and dying trees. Their caterpillars defoliated 27,000 acres in Rhode Island in spring 2015.