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Show your support for American Energy tonight!
City of South Portland
The Environmental Extremists are again trying to shut down the Port of South Portland. If this ordinance passes it will ban ALL crude from being load in South Portland and crippling the American energy revolution. We know this is short notice, but please make time in your busy schedule to attend and show support at 7 p.m. tonight at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Rd., in South Portland. Filling the room with our supporters is imperative. Monday night we surprised the opposition by showing up in force for American Energy. Please help us make a good showing again.
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South Portland tar sands issue raises specter of November referendum
Portland Press Herald
Growing tension over a proposal that would block tar sands oil from coming into the city has raised the specter of future court challenges and a repeal referendum campaign if the City Council approves the measure.
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South Portland delays vote on crude oil transport
WCSH-TV
The South Portland city council has delayed its vote on a new crude oil ordinance, after an unexpectedly large crowd showed up at city hall. The so-called "clear skies ordinance" would block the loading of crude oil, including tar sands, at the South Portland Waterfront.
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Overflow crowd prompts delay of South Portland tar sands discussion
Portland Press Herald
The City Council postponed action on a proposal that would block tar sands oil from coming into the city because City Hall couldn't accommodate an overcapacity turnout of supporters and opponents. About 200 people crowded into City Hall, with more people gathered outside the building. The council chamber exceeded its 100-person limit a half-hour before the meeting was scheduled to start.
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Tar-sands rules win plaudits
Keep Me Current
South Portland Mayor Gerard Jalbert said he would fully support new rules designed to keep tar-sands oil out of the city as the best way to both protect the community and heal the wounds caused by a divisive referendum on the issue held last fall.
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Maine roads would benefit from gas tax hike
Portland Press Herald
As you bump along Maine’s highways this summer, take a moment to reflect on this fact: No matter how ragged our infrastructure is today, it could get much worse. That’s because Washington is engaged in an election-year standoff over the highway trust fund, which will run out of money in August unless something is done.
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Industry Headlines



Upstate New York frustrates fracking industry
The Washington Post via Portland Press Herald
Three years ago, the multi-billion-dollar Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder Philip Anschutz one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit against Dryden, a small town in upstate New York. The issue: Dryden was sitting on top of some of the best shale gas prospects in the country, and Anschutz had bought a substantial number of leases giving it the right to drill there. But in August that year, Dryden — like towns across the country seeking to restrain the rush to drill for shale oil — had banned the combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling known as fracking. In a landmark decision, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the town of Dryden and another town, Middlefield, which had been sued separately over similar local ordinances.
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Taking oil industry cue, environmentalists drew emissions blueprint
The New York Times
In November 2010, three combatants gathered in a sleek office in Washington to build a carbon emissions policy that they hoped to sell to the Obama administration. One was a lawyer who had been wielding the Clean Air Act since his days at the University of California, Berkeley. Another had turned to practicing environmental law and writing federal regulations to curb pollution after spending a summer on a pristine island off Nova Scotia. The third, a climate scientist who is a fixture on Capitol Hill, became an environmentalist because of postcollege backpacking trips in the Rockies.
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Report: Tar sands advocates use oil industry tactics
MPBN News
A new report indicates that what are being called "tried-and-true industry tactics" have been used by opponents of an ordinance aimed at keeping tar sands oil out of Maine. Environment Maine released its report as the South Portland City Council prepares to vote on a new ordinance that would prevent tar sands oil from being loaded onto tanker ships in Casco Bay.
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Making sense of Energy East for natural gas customers
TransCanada
As part of the Energy East Pipeline Project, TransCanada plans to convert a portion of the Canadian Mainline natural gas transmission system to oil transportation in order to supply eastern Canadian refineries and marine terminals with oil from Western Canada. Many questions have been raised about what the Energy East conversion might mean for the supply and price of natural gas, particularly in Ontario and Quebec.
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Maine business owners tout value of renewable energy, urge government support
Bangor Daily News
Maple Hill Farm is one of a growing number of businesses taking energy costs into their own hands, employing a range of reusable energy sources — solar panels, wind turbines, pellet stoves — to save money and reduce their energy footprint. Still, the efforts face challenges. Installation is expensive and government credits can fluctuate. Right now, the state Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to allow Central Maine Power to charge "stand-by" fees, which could be levied to customers who rely on the grid as a backup power source.
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Gas service spreading in Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth
Portland Press Herald
Work crews are laying underground pipe along sections of Blanchard and Tuttle roads and Route 9, establishing the backbone of a highly anticipated natural gas network that will be built in Cumberland, Yarmouth and Falmouth over the next several years.
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Get the facts while seeking ways to cut heating costs
Portland Press Herald
For more than 80 years, Maine residents have trusted the members of the Maine Energy Marketers Association to deliver honest and accurate information to help them understand the complex issues that impact their energy decisions. As you spend the summer examining ways to cut your energy bills next winter, we ask that you take a moment to get all of the facts you deserve before doing so.
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Daniel Yergin on the future of energy: Big gains for coal and natural gas
The Wall Street Journal
The world will soon run out of its most important energy resource because supplies are "becoming exhausted." To stave off disaster, there must be a quick shift to wind power. No, the warning is not from 2014. Rather, it's from 1881, eight years before the first pages of The Wall Street Journal rolled off the press.
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
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    Low pipeline values shock Waterville area (CentralMaine.com)
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South Portland moves a step closer to banning tar sands (The Forecaster)
How a US decision to allow oil exports could change the world's energy balance (Quartz)
Sea change: Efficient homes — you can get there from here (Portland Press Herald)

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Convenience Stores



Freeport takes 1st step toward banning plastic shopping bags
The Forecaster
Foam cups and food containers are already outlawed in town, and disposable plastic shopping bags may be next. The Town Council reviewed an ordinance proposing a ban on the disposable plastic bags, and sent the document to the ordinance committee for further action.
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Weather and rising gas prices hurt convenience store visits
Convenience Store Decisions
Blame the weather and rising gas prices for the decline in visits to convenience stores in the first quarter of 2014, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Traffic to convenience stores decreased by 3.5 percent in the first three months of the year compared to same period last year, reported NPD's convenience store research.
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