Rhode Island has so far had visits by at least 17 snowy owls in recent weeks. (istock)

Rhode Island has so far had visits by at least 17 snowy owls in recent weeks. (istock)

It’s looking more and more like the winter of 2017-18 is going to be a big year for snowy owls in southern New England. Large numbers of the iconic white birds have been observed throughout the Northeast since late November.

The 100 or so attendees showered the CRMC board with catcalls and pleas, urging members to reconsider. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

The 100 or so attendees showered the CRMC board with catcalls and pleas, urging members to reconsider. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — There was little debate and no public comment before the Coastal Resources Management Council voted to approve the liquefied natural gas-cooling project proposed for the city's industrial waterfront. But the audience provided plenty of noise throughout the 40-minute meeting.


Invenergy Wants Ratepayers to Fund Project's Grid Connection

In a lawsuit, the Chicago-based energy company is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt it from paying up to $164 million to fund the interconnection of the proposed Clear River Energy Center.


Cape Wind and Fake News Discussed at Wind Forum

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Cape Wind may be gone, but it’s still fresh on the minds of attendees and speakers at a two-day southern New England wind energy conference hosted by the University of Rhode Island.

The state doesn’t know how much pesticide is applied to public property annually. There’s also a considerable amount of chemicals applied to private property every year. That's a lot of unaccounted-for poison. (ecoRI News)

The state doesn’t know how much pesticide is applied to public property annually. There’s also a considerable amount of chemicals applied to private property every year. That's a lot of unaccounted-for poison. (ecoRI News)

Opponents of the proposed Clear River Energy Center dominated hearings Dec. 5 and 6. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Opponents of the proposed Clear River Energy Center dominated hearings Dec. 5 and 6. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

The winter flounder population in Narragansett Bay has declined by about 90 percent since 1980. (NOAA)

The winter flounder population in Narragansett Bay has declined by about 90 percent since 1980. (NOAA)


Proposed Fossil-Fuel Facility Running Out of Options

WARWICK, R.I. — The proposed Burrillville fossil-fuel power plant is on life support, according to one of the main lawyers fighting the project.


Spilled Oil Continues to Pollute New Bedford Harbor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Oil sheens have long stained one of the country’s most historic harbors. Visits by tourists to enjoy seaside sights can be marred by these distinct marine markings.