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Summit Natural Gas won't be part of Hallowell rate case
MaineToday Media, Inc.
Maine utility regulators ruled against bringing a regional natural gas company into a case involving a local water district, likely leaving ratepayers on the hook for a future rate increase. The Hallowell Water District is asking for a 20 percent rate increase for most water users to pay for a new employee to help monitor the expansion of Summit Natural Gas in the city. However, ratepayers successfully gathered enough signatures to trigger a review of district finances from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
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South Portland fights to keep crude oil away from city
The city of South Portland, Maine, is a step closer to keeping crude oil from entering the city. In a 6-1 initial vote, the South Portland City Council has approved the Clear Skies Ordinance, which blocks the bulk loading of crude oil, including tar sands oil.
Arguments against tar sands law ring hollow
MaineToday Media, Inc.
Maybe it was the guy from Steep Falls who told South Portland, Maine, city councilors that if they approve the city's "Clear Skies Ordinance," they'll forfeit the right to begin their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance "because you don't believe in it." Bottom line: Opponents of the new-and-improved effort to keep tar sands oil away from South Portland's doorstep have a big problem on their hands — and it's not just the council's preliminary 6-1 vote in favor of the measure after a recent meeting.
Government officials struggle with new rail safety rules
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
A string of fiery train derailments has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules. Billions of dollars are riding on how these rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Tar-sands ban crosses first hurdle in South Portland
Keep Me Current
The South Portland, Maine, City Council recently voted 6-1 to approve a first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit tar-sands from flowing into the city. The ordinance now heads to the Planning Board and is expected to return to the council for a second and final reading.
Forecaster forum: 'Clear Skies' means slow motion dismantling of South Portland's working waterfront
No one will argue that responsible clean air regulations are essential for protecting Maine's beautiful environment. But South Portland's Draft Ordinance Committee transformed a well-intentioned environmental effort into something else entirely, with serious repercussions for the entire working waterfront.
Sen. Ed Youngblood drops re-election bid, joining one-third of Maine legislators who will not return
Bangor Daily News
State Sen. Ed Youngblood announced recently that he will not seek re-election this year. Youngblood, a Republican from Brewer, Maine, was elected most recently in 2012, but had served two previous terms in the Senate, from 2000 through 2004. He said that his decision to leave results from a chronic illness he's been facing for quite some time: age.
Dozens arrested protesting planned Maryland gas plant
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas. The protesters oppose the plans by Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources to build the plant in Lusby, Maryland. They fear the plant will prove a boon to drillers who are using relatively new technology, commonly called fracking, to extract vast quantities of previously inaccessible fuel.
Notice of inquiry into the determination of the value of distributed solar energy generation in the state of Maine
State of Maine Division of Purchases
The State of Maine, Executive Department, Public Advocate Office has a requirement for expert consulting services to assist the OPA with participation in the above docket. Pursuant to P.L. 2013 Ch. 562 "An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine" the Maine Commission together with interested stakeholders is required to deliver a report to the Legislature on its determination of the value of distributed solar energy generation as well as implementation options by Feb. 15, 2015.
US oil output booms — now refiners have to catch up
The United States is swimming in oil and gas. But processing the new-found bounty is posing a challenge to U.S. refiners, which can't come to grips with the abundance in domestic supply. A production renaissance has catapulted the U.S. into the upper strata of global energy producers. Yet with fewer than 150 refineries, the U.S. has a surprisingly limited capacity to process the bounty.
Oil-export prospect fuels conference
The Wall Street Journal
The energy industry's eagerness to sell unrefined oil overseas was on display recently at a conference that included excited discussion of the government's two recent rulings relaxing the decades-old ban on exporting U.S. oil.
US considers propane reserve
McClatchy Washington Bureau via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
America is awash in propane, a byproduct of booming oil and natural gas production. Yet getting it to markets at home and abroad is challenging and controversial. Long a niche in the energy sector, propane today is sexy. Record exports and supply disruptions this past winter have refocused attention on propane, after prices went through the roof for consumers, businesses and farmers alike.
States with fracking see surge in earthquake activity
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.
Put 53 years on the clock: The end of easy oil is within sight
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Love it or hate it, British multinational oil and gas company BP is one the world's top institutional experts on energy. Besides being a business leader in its industry — the sixth largest integrated oil company by market cap in 2013 — the supermajor is at the forefront of the semi-commercial, semi-academic conversation about the future of energy use at large. Since 1952, BP has offered a share of its two cents in the form of an annual statistical review, the aim of which is to share data and insight about current energy markets and where the world could be heading.
Exploding propane tanks, no government agency claims authority over food trucks
From the shadow of the Cathedral of Learning on the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh, food trucks sell all kinds of mouthwatering food. But after an explosion of a propane tank in a food truck in Philadelphia, some wonder what protects the public, let alone the vendors.
Pentagon uses wrong oil price and fails to hedge fuel bill
The U.S. Department of Defense has been using the wrong oil price in its budget, leaving the largest single buyer of fuel in the world with liabilities potentially hitting billions of dollars. The Pentagon continues to rely on West Texas Intermediate prices even though Brent oil is more relevant to the cost of fuels it buys on behalf of the armed forces.
US oil futures dip below $100 a barrel
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. oil futures broke below the $100-a-barrel threshold for the first time in more than two months, as the return of Libyan barrels to the market and potentially bullish Fed comments for the U.S. dollar weighed on prices.
Why a Texas city may ban fracking
Denton, Texas, is considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a new study links this process of energy extraction with earthquakes. NPR's Arun Rath considers the risks with science writer Abrahm Lustgarten.
3 steps to proper propane truck maintenance
Nearly 60,000 propane-powered forklifts were sold in the U.S. last year, making up a significant share of the forklift market. Propane is a clean, American-made fuel with very low emissions, making propane forklifts safe for indoor and outdoor operations. As the Propane Education & Research Council points out, there are certain steps forklift fleets can take in order to ensure continued safe operation of their propane-fueled fleet.
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Sliding demand expectations clobber global oil prices
Convenience Store Decisions
The week following the July 4 weekend was brutal for those bullish oil, with crude, diesel and gasoline prices receiving a drubbing on bearish fundamental factors and downward revisions to global oil demand, with the international Brent crude price marker dropping to a three-month low, while U.S. crude and gasoline swung to two-month lows recently.
7-Eleven extends promos after app glitch
7-Eleven Inc. — which is celebrating its 87th birthday with more than a week of free offers that began July 11, which the company calls "7-Eleven Day" — had to temporarily suspend the promotion after a glitch with the convenience store retailer's mobile app prevented customers from downloading the offers.
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