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For 2014, gas pipeline scaled back in Falmouth
The Forecaster
A spokesman for Summit Natural Gas on Tuesday confirmed that despite its original plans, the company will not lay pipeline west of Interstate 295 in Falmouth this year. But he said the company's piping plans elsewhere in the region are intact for 2014.
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Legislative Updates



Divided Portland council bans polystyrene containers, adds fees on paper and plastic bags
Bangor Daily News
The Portland City Council voted to implement a ban on polystyrene food containers, as well as tack a five-cent fee onto paper and plastic bags customers take from check-out lines.
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Ohio governor freezes state's clean energy law
Reuters Africa
Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed legislation to freeze a six-year old law that required utilities to sell increasing amounts of green energy, making the state the first in the country to roll back a clean energy mandate. Kasich, a Republican mentioned as a possible contender for the 2016 presidential race, signed Senate Bill 310, which passed in the state's legislature with strong support from some of Ohio's biggest industrial power users, such as Alcoa, and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
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Amid Iraq turmoil, US boosts crude oil exports
America's Markets
As Iraq's turmoil boosts global oil prices, the Department of Energy reported June 16, that U.S. crude oil exports — though still a tiny fraction of the nation's production — have reached their highest level in 15 years. U.S. exports of crude oil have risen sharply since the beginning of 2013 and reached their highest level in 15 years — 268,000 barrels a day — in April, the latest month for which Census Bureau data is available, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration.
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Fracking cases echo past gas boom
The Wall Street Journal
The fate of two fracking lawsuits before New York's highest court hinges on legislation passed in 1981, an era of advances in gas-exploration technology that has parallels to today. The New York Court of Appeals is weighing whether towns can use zoning regulations to ban high-volume, hydraulic fracturing, widely known as fracking. Its decision will have ramifications for energy companies and the more than 170 towns and cities that have passed moratoriums or bans on fracking.
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Tar-sands prohibition wins applause
KeepMeCurrent.com
The committee in South Portland that has been working on creating new rules to regulate the flow of tar-sands oil within the city limits got it mostly right according to the majority of people who spoke during a public forum on the proposed ordinance.
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Randolph proposing tax districts for hardware store, gas pipeline
Central Maine
Residents in Randolph will be asked at a special town meeting if they want to approve the creation of tax increment financing districts for a hardware store and for natural gas pipelines.
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Why gas analysts say the Appalachian is 'biggest, baddest basin there is'
By Sasha Viasasha
There is definitely something big hiding beneath the Appalachians, but it might not be what you'd expect. The Wall St. Journal reported that the Marcellus Shale region under Pennsylvania and West Virginia is producing more natural gas than all of Saudi Arabia. It's pumping out 12 billion cubic feet per day, six times the production rate of five years ago. Based on a modest assumption of U.S. gas consumption growth of around 2 percent per year, Appalachia could easily account for almost one third of U.S. gas production by 2020.
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Industry Headlines



EIA: US oil production in 2015 expected to be highest since 1972
Oil & Gas Journal
Total U.S. crude oil production in 2015 will reach its highest level since 1972, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts in its Short-Term Energy Outlook released June 10. Production, which averaged 7.4 million b/d in 2013, is expected to average 8.4 million b/d in 2014 and 9.3 million b/d in 2015. Additionally, EIA estimates that US total crude production during May averaged nearly 8.4 million b/d — the highest monthly average production since March 1988.
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Russia cuts off gas supply to Ukraine as tensions soar
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
Russia halted natural gas deliveries to Ukraine, spurning Ukraine's offer to pay some of its multibillion-dollar gas debt and demanding upfront payments for future supplies. The decision, coming amid deep tensions over eastern Ukraine, provoked strong words from both sides but does not immediately affect the crucial flow of Russian gas to Europe. Ukraine has enough reserves to last until December, according to the head of its state gas company Naftogaz.
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Insurance capacity for oil and gas is plentiful but contract wording may be tricky
Claims Journal
The insurance capacity is there to cover the risks associated with the current oil and gas boom in Texas and the nation, experts say, but agents and their customers should be vigilant in their efforts to understand the wording in coverage contracts. As of April 17, Texas alone claimed 50 percent of all active land rigs in the nation, according to the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the industry in the state. The TRC reported that the average rig count in Texas was 882.
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Could coffee perk up the biofuels sector?
Business Green
Could you run your car on coffee? That is the question that researchers at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom believe they have answered in the affirmative, after revealing how a usable biodiesel could be extracted from old coffee grinds. A team from the university's Center for Sustainable Chemical Technologies recently published research in the ACS Journal Energy & Fuels detailing how oil can be extracted from coffee ground by soaking them in an organic solvent through a process known as "transesterification."
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For Mainers seeking tobacco alternative, the 'wave of the future' rolls in on nicotine juice vapors
Bangor Daily News
Smoking tobacco products at restaurants and many other public places in Maine has been banned for years. But vaping? A tobacco-free smoking alternative linked to the emergence of electronic cigarettes has now ignited a small but growing group of new businesses in Maine.
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Oil and gas jobs opening up by the tens of thousands and the American Petroleum Institute wants to help you find one
The Plain Dealer
The oil and gas industry's drive for new workers is going digital. The American Petroleum Institute recently launched a job and training website to help the industry recruit enough people to fill the more than 1.3 million new positions that will be available over the next 15 years. About two-thirds of those jobs will be blue-collar professions.
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Maine residents among the highest energy-spenders in the US
Maine News
According to the latest figures released, Maine residents are among the highest energy-spenders in the United States. Information from the U. S. Energy Information Administration showed that the state residents recorded the 10th highest energy costs in the nation with an annual per capita expense of $5,508.
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Convenience Stores



Wal-Mart dips its toes in the convenience store market
Omaha World-Herald
An experiment is underway 120 miles from here that could change the landscape of the convenience store industry. Retail giant Wal-Mart is testing a convenience store concept in its hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. Called Walmart to Go, the 5,200-square-foot store offers gasoline, groceries and hot food, along with the usual staple items.
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Federal judge upholds Indiana cold beer law
The Courier-Journal
A U.S. District Court judge has upheld a state law that prohibits convenience stores from selling cold beer to its customers. But the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association — which brought the suit — said it will continue to fight to change the law. The group did not say specifically whether it would appeal the decision.
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