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New DOT data reveals the top 10 most common violations at roadside inspections
MEMA
New data released by the U.S. DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveals the 10 most frequently cited violations of federal hazardous material transportation regulations issued at routine roadside truck inspections. The data covers more than 154,000 roadside inspections performed in 2012 by the FMCSA. During this period roadside inspectors found more than 35,000 violations of federal regulations.
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'Not so fast'
MEMA
I. Problem:
The natural gas utilities are taking specific and aggressive advantage of the current price discrepancy and are engaged in a focused and serious challenge to our businesses and the Maine energy markets. Specifically, Summit Natural Gas has taken an unusually aggressive approach to expanding into previously (and maybe still) uneconomic areas of the state. SNG has been enhancing its marketing approach by acting fast and loose with some so called "facts" that must be addressed and corrected.

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Legislative Updates



Maine Senate upholds LePage veto of solar rebate bill
Morning Sentinel
The Maine Senate has failed to muster enough support to revive a bill that would have restored a program that provides rebates for residents who install solar panels. In a 22-13 vote, the bill fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority support it needed to overturn Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto. The House voted to override the veto April 15.
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Grants available to help Maine communities
Kennebec Journal
Maine is seeking applications for grant funding for projects designed to boost job creation in struggling communities. Republican Gov. Paul LePage says that several Maine counties, including Androscoggin, Franklin and Kennebec are eligible for a piece of $4.5 million in grants that will be handed out by the Northern Border Regional Commission. Individual projects will receive as much as $250,000.
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 MEMA Special Events

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May 7 Angus Energy presents Modern Art: The Evolution of the Energy IndustryMEMA Headquarters
May 8 Angus Energy presents Modern Art: The Evolution of the Energy IndustryBangor Location TBD
June 10-11 New England Fuel Institute's 2014 Visions ConfrenceDCU Center, Worcester
June 22-24 60th Annual Convention The Samoset Inn & Spa
July 30 MTEC Technician TailgateCabela's Scarborough
Aug. 25 32 Annual J Garrie Murray Golf Classic Penobscot Valley Country Club, Orono Maine



Industry Headlines



Maine schools, other facilities slash heating bills with stimulus project
Portland Press Herald
Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state's struggling timber industry. However, some project managers say because they had to borrow money to participate, the effort left them with hefty repayment plans that make their net savings far less than they appear.
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CMP, natural gas attorneys say Augusta claims unfounded
Kennebec Journal
The city's claims that two utility companies improperly used funds and clout to punish the city and gain an unfair edge is unfounded and an attempt to take away the firms' right to free speech, attorneys for the utilities say. Central Maine Power and Maine Natural Gas attorneys filed documents with the Maine Public Utilities Commission to respond to accusations made by the city.
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Thank oil for warmth (South Portland-Cape Elizabeth)
What an energy revolution doesn't look like (The Atlantic)
Natural gas expansion could spike Hallowell water rates by 20 percent (Kennebec Journal)

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Our View: Railroad safety must begin at local level
Portland Press Herald
Crude oil is being shipped by rail throughout the United States at an unprecedented rate, largely in aging tank cars by railroad companies governed by lax federal regulations. So while rail remains a safe way to transport goods, the sheer amount of oil being shipped and the railroads' reluctance to replace old tank cars or share safety information, makes it more likely that a significant accident and spill will happen in Maine, something for which much of the state is unprepared.
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Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom
The Street
After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking. "The shale became a lifesaver and a lifeline for a lot of working families," said Dennis Martire, the mid-Atlantic regional manager for the Laborers' International Union, which represents workers in numerous construction trades.
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Bowdoin College students rally
The Times Record
Despite a protest from about 100 Bowdoin College students, the school will not divest in fossil fuel companies, according to college President Barry Mills. Activists delivered a petition, signed by more than half of Bowdoin College's student body, to Mills, asking the college to stop investing in fossil fuel companies. Recently, the organization collected its 1,000th signature calling for divestment from the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies in five years.
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Billionaire liberal donor gets way on Keystone
Real Clear Politicks
In their wisdom, our Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances and competing influences among the president and Congress, the states and the federal government and billionaire liberal donor Tom Steyer. Tom Steyer isn't Senate majority leader, or chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works or even Senate president pro tem. He's merely the man who wants to spend $100 million on Democrats this year and who hates the Keystone pipeline.
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