The March 22 science rally drew a crowd of at least 5,000 to the Boston Common. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

The March 22 science rally drew a crowd of at least 5,000 to the Boston Common. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

BOSTON — The Boston Common hosted not one, but two of the 600 March for Science rallies held around the world on Earth Day. In addition to the featured rally, a separate Kid’s March drew about 1,000 youngsters and adults.

Size of Natural-Gas Leaks Remain Unknown Amid Cleanup and Repairs

Environmental crews excavate a trench on Allens Avenue in Providence of hazardous material following a March 29 natural-gas leak. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Environmental crews excavate a trench on Allens Avenue in Providence of hazardous material following a March 29 natural-gas leak. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — Two recent natural-gas leaks in Rhode Island got the attention of the multinational fossil-fuel companies that own the pipelines. But it’s unclear what exactly is being done to fix the problems and what damage has been done.


Report: Connecticut’s Open-Space Goals Off Target

Connecticut isn’t on track for protecting 21 percent of the state as open space by 2023. The state is short of its goal of protecting 10 percent, and it’s unknown how much acreage has been protected by land trusts, municipalities and water companies that are trying to protect an additional 11 percent.


Single Rhode Island Farm Stands in Way of Ban on Battery Cages

PROVIDENCE — Banning the use of cages to raise egg-laying chickens is a popular idea with the public but not one Rhode Island lawmakers and regulators are ready to embrace.

Main Street in Warren, R.I., is vulnerable to sea-level rise. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Main Street in Warren, R.I., is vulnerable to sea-level rise. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

The valve site about a quarter of a mile from the Ocean State Power facility has been leaking natural gas for months and possibly years. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

The valve site about a quarter of a mile from the Ocean State Power facility has been leaking natural gas for months and possibly years. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Westerly’s three quarries produced 11.5 tons of silica-dust and diesel-soot emissions in 2011. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Westerly’s three quarries produced 11.5 tons of silica-dust and diesel-soot emissions in 2011. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)


Court Rules in Favor of Pilgrim’s Waste Permit

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A court recently ruled in favor of Entergy Corp. in a lawsuit brought by residents seeking to overturn a permit issued by the town for a new nuclear waste storage facility at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.


Acushnet Quarry Sells Woods to Buzzards Bay Coalition

ACUSHNET, Mass. — The Buzzards Bay Coalition has partnered with the P.J. Keating Co. to permanently protect 21 acres.