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13 investigation uncovers dozens of natural gas leaks; locations not public
WGME-TV
A CBS 13 investigation uncovers dozens of underground natural gas leaks in the Portland area. Our investigation comes two weeks after a natural gas leak forced people to evacuate several buildings in Portland's Bayside neighborhood. We're digging into documents and reports filed with state regulators to fully understand the scope of the leaks. Gas utility companies are required to file a monthly leak report with the Public Utilities Commission. The most recent one from Unitil shows the company has a backlog of 75 leaks waiting to be fixed.
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Legislative Updates



New US rail safety rules will not apply to all trains carrying explosive crude oil
Bangor Daily News
Just as the state has revealed that crude oil shipments by rail have resumed along the state's rail lines, Maine emergency officials say new federal rules about shipping hazardous materials such as crude by rail don't go far enough. For example, the new rules do not apply to trains carrying less than a million gallons of crude or other material, yet such trains can cause explosions such as the recent one in Lynchburg, Virginia.
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First Wind tries again to gain Maine regulators' approval for wind farm partnership with Emera
Bangor Daily News
Boston-based First Wind is pushing Maine utilities regulators to approve for a second time its multimillion-dollar partnership with Nova Scotia-based power company Emera, in a case that was sent back to the Maine Public Utilities Commission by a court order.
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 MEMA Special Events

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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 22 Annual J Garrie Murray Golf Classic Penobscot Valley Country Club, Orono Maine



Calling all service and sales managers
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Are there specific trainings, certifications or discussions your technicians need to be a part of? The 2014 MTEC Technician Tailgate at Cabela's in Scarborough is now accepting requests for our Educational Seminars. Being the front line of your company, every positive interaction your customer has with their Technician works to strengthen your business to consumer relationship. Make sure your Technicians are exhibiting best practices, and are representing your company brand, motto and work ethic in the best possible light.

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Industry Headlines



Newington Planning Board approves Sea-3 propane expansion
Seacoast
After six months of deliberations, the Planning Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal by Sea-3 to reconfigure its Shattuck Way terminal to accommodate rail shipments of liquefied petroleum gas, or propane. Attorney John Ratigan said, "After the last meeting, with direction from the board, I started to work on a draft of findings and conditions." Ratigan drafted the document after the board held a nonbinding straw vote that indicated they were leaning heavily toward approval of the proposal at their last meeting on May 5.
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Roadcheck Truck Inspection Blitz Set for June 3-5
Trucking Info
The annual three-day, continentwide truck inspection blitz is set for June. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Roadcheck is June 3-5, when approximately 10,000 truck inspectors will fan out to 1,500 locations across North America. It is one of a series of activities that occur year-round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.
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Natural gas needs to clean up its act
Oil & Energy
Do you smell gas? Well maybe not, but you certainly have been hearing about it. The media has been full of natural gas stories — from exports and shortages, to a focus on methane pollution and neighborhood gas leak issues.
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
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    Maine Voices: PUC must proceed cautiously when investing in pipeline infrastructure (Portland Press Herald)
No need to build natural gas pipelines (The Courant)
Keystone Pipeline is DC's dumbest debate (The Daily Beast)
Net-zero energy homes a growing trend (Portland Press Herald)
Has US oil consumption decreased because of peak oil? (By Stefanie Heerwig)

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Maryland LNG plant gets a green bill of health
The American Interest
A proposed liquefied natural gas export facility in Cove Point, Maryland, got the green light from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Thanks to fracking, America is sitting on a glut of natural gas, and there's a chorus of support for liquefying some of those reserves, putting them on ships, and sending them to customers abroad.
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Customer challenge may hold up Hallowell water-rate increase
Kennebec Journal
The local water district's proposed 20 percent rate increase may be delayed by Maine utility regulators after a citizen-initiated challenge to the hike. Last month, the Hallowell Water District had a public meeting on the proposed hike for commercial, residential and other users. Dennis Kinney, the district's superintendent, has blamed the proposed hike on the rising cost of keeping up with natural gas expansion in the city.
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Attendees seek answers on 6 'C's of supply situation
Butane-Propane News
Attendees packed the propane supply sessions at the National Propane Gas Association's Southeastern Convention in April. During the general session on the event's final day, NPGA chairman Gary France focused additional attention on the product availability topic, as he noted that NPGA will work hard to make sure the industry doesn't see a repeat of last winter's supply and infrastructure problems.
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America's amazing shale revolution in 1 chart
AEI-Ideas
The chart shows the combined daily oil output in America's three most productive oil fields — the Bakken in North Dakota, the Eagle Ford Shale in South-Central Texas and the Permian Basin in West Texas — from January 2007 to June 2014, based on estimates released by the EIA. From combined output of 1 million barrels of oil per day in 2007, total crude oil production in those three oil fields will top 4 million barrels in June, based on drilling rigs data and EIA estimates of changes in production from existing wells.
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Big Green's untold billions
CFACT
The "Kill Keystone XL" crowd isn't little David up against a Big Oil Goliath. As usual, conventional wisdom isn't wisdom when the mainstream media ask all the wrong questions with commensurate answers. Behemoth Big Green outstrips Big Oil in expendable revenue by orders of magnitude — if you know how to follow the money. The mainstream media don't know how. Like most liberals, their staffs are afflicted with what 20th century futurist Herman Kahn called "Educated Incapacity" — the learned inability to understand or even perceive a problem, much less a solution.
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Panel to decide if appeal of Maine liquor marketing contract should go forward
Bangor Daily News
The question of whether a contract to market Maine's wholesale liquor business was awarded fairly and within the bounds of a new state law that was passed in part to recapture alcohol sales lost to New Hampshire is in the hands of a three-person administrative review panel. The contract is one of two administered by the state's Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations dealing with the state’s wholesale liquor business.
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