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Proper placards for split loads of gasoline and diesel fuel or heating oil
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
There have been numerous inquiries to PMAA about a recent letter from the U.S. DOT's Pipeline and
Hazardous Material Safety Administration explaining the marking exemption under 49 CFR
172.336(c) that allows operators of cargo tank shipments of gasoline and diesel fuel to placard the lowest
flashpoint. The letter is not a new interpretation of the exemption but simply a written response to an
inquiry from a local enforcement official. The letter explains that the only time an operator can placard a
cargo tank vehicle to the lowest flash point is when both gasoline and petroleum distillates such as diesel
fuel and heating oil are shipped simultaneously in a split load in separate compartments of the same
cargo tank vehicle.
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Augusta wants a say as PUC sets rates for Maine Natural Gas
Portland Press Herald
The city has filed a petition to intervene in a Maine Natural Gas rate increase case before the state Public Utilities Commission out of concern it could have a large effect on local ratepayers.
City Manager William Bridgeo said a PUC staff recommendation that the costs of Maine Natural Gas' ongoing expansion into the Augusta area not be shared with ratepayers statewide, as the company had proposed, but potentially be funded only by Augusta-area customers could increase dramatically the costs for MNG users in the city.
Kinder Morgan approves proceeding with natural gas project
Kinder Morgan, Inc. recently announced that its board of directors authorized KMI's subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, to proceed with TGP's Northeast Energy Direct project's "market path" segment from Wright, New York, to Dracut, Massachusetts, a $3.3 billion investment designed to serve natural gas utilities and electricity generation customers in New England.
Dredging group urges participation in July 16 BEP meeting
The Republican Journal (subscription required)
Action Committee 35 for Penobscot Bay, a Searsport-based citizens group, is urging area residents to attend a meeting in Augusta Thursday, July 16, that will determine whether the Board of Environmental Protection assumes jurisdiction.
Winslow ordinance could open door for state's largest solar farm
The town is set to begin drafting regulations that could pave the way for a solar farm that could be up to 20 times larger than the state's current largest one.
Ranger Solar, a private Yarmouth-based energy firm, is contemplating siting a 10-to-20 megawatt solar station somewhere on Heywood Road. The project is estimated to cost as much as $25 million and take up as much as 100 acres.
Sea-3 makes its case
Foster's Daily Democrat
Days before they head to court to face a legal challenge from the city of Portsmouth on their proposed expansion, Sea-3, Inc. maintains its facility offers "the safest alternative" to bringing propane to New Hampshire.
Alec McEachern, the attorney for Sea-3, Inc., which runs a propane storage and distribution facility off of Shattuck Way, says when it comes by rail, there's only two ways of getting it here.
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LIHEAP Vendor Training — Pre-register by Aug. 17
Maine State Housing Authority
MaineHousing will be hosting trainings to discuss LIHEAP policy/procedures and to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We strongly encourage all vendors to participate.
Training will be conducted in four locations. You will only need to attend 1 of the 4, whichever is most convenient for you. Please complete and submit the the Pre-Registration Form by Aug. 17. If you will have staff attending more than one location, please complete and submit a separate Pre-Registration Form for each training location.
Summit finds 256 faulty connections in Waterville area
Summit Natural Gas of Maine has found that about two-thirds of its natural gas connections installed in the Waterville area last year were improperly installed.
In Summit's report to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the natural gas company said it is replacing 256 of the 384 electro-fusion tees in Waterville, Fairfield and Madison that failed a visual inspection, according to the Morning Sentinel.
Connecticut residents oppose expansion of natural gas
On Thursday, July 16, people from all over the state converged on the Metering and Regulating Station at 247 South St., in Willimantic, to protest the expansion of the AIM pipeline. According to Algonquin parent company Spectra Energy, the expansion is necessary to keep costs down for New England consumers. "Consumers are feeling the impact of a lack of pipeline infrastructure through higher prices. New England electric costs for this winter rose substantially due to the increase in power supply rates," reads the Spectra website.
Two-thirds of Summit customer connections in Waterville area fail visual inspection
Roughly two-thirds of residential natural gas connections installed by Summit Natural Gas of Maine last year in Waterville, Fairfield and Madison failed a visual inspection and had to be replaced, according to a the most recent report submitted by the company.
Out of the 384 electro-fusion tees inspected in the three towns, 256 failed a visual inspection, according to the report, an almost 67 percent failure rate. Electrofusion tees attach service lines for individual customers to the main gas distribution line. Installing tees incorrectly can lead to a gas leak.
Consultant: Maine's plan to lower energy costs too expensive
Portland Press Herald
A state initiative to lower energy costs in Maine by boosting the region's natural gas supply would cost consumers more than it would save them, according to a study commissioned by the state Public Utilities Commission.
The PUC hired a Boston-based consultant to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act, which was approved by the Maine Legislature in 2013 as part of an omnibus energy bill if certain conditions, including PUC approval, are met.
Irving: No more 'oil trains' in Maine
St. John Valley Times
Protestors in Portland and Fairfield took to the streets recently to oppose the movement of oil tank trains through the state bound for the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick. The events were part of a nationwide campaign against dangerous oil being transported through population centers.
Natural gas leak forces shutdown of Route 1 in Falmouth
Portland Press Herald
A natural gas leak near the intersection of Route 88 and Route 1 in Falmouth forced police and fire personnel to shut Route 1 down for nearly an hour on Tuesday, July 14. Several businesses and a condominium complex also were evacuated.
Oil market forecasts likely to be off-target
Forecasting oil markets has always been complicated and fraught with risk, and nowadays it's no different with so much price volatility and so many moving parts. Last year at this time, when oil prices were still hanging above the $100 level, virtually none in the analyst community were predicting the market to be in the $50s in the middle of 2015, even among the most bearish of forecasters. Throughout the years, particularly since the surprising price rally of 2004, many forecasts have proven completely outdated mere days or weeks after publication.
Representative proposes gas tax increase
According to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, D-Washington, fixing the country's crumbling transit infrastructure will require nearly doubling the federal gas tax. Larsen recently announced his co-sponsorship of a bill that would raise the gas tax by 15 cents a gallon over the course of three years, in an effort to raise revenue to repair the nation's highways, bridges and other transportation projects.
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