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'Tar sands' ordinance set for hearings in South Portland
KeepMeCurrent.com
While recent events, including a very public show of support from Mayor Tom Blake, have given the grassroots group Concerned Citizens of South Portland cause to celebrate, acceptance of its petition for a Waterfront Protection Ordinance by the City Council July 1 presented opponents an opportunity to throw a few barbs.
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Chinese fuel prices on the rise
United Press International
Chinese authorities said they raised the price of gasoline by more than 3 percent because of high crude oil prices on the international market. The National Development and Reform Commission, which sets energy prices, said gasoline prices are on the rise in response to oil prices. Heavy rainfall over much of the country is adding delivery challenges as well.
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Heating oil prices stable in Maine
Bloomberg Businessweek
Maine energy officials say the state's heating oil prices remain stable. The Governor's Energy Office said that its weekly survey pegs the statewide average price of oil at $3.36 per gallon, the same as last week and 2 cents lower than two weeks ago.
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Heating oil big market for soy biodiesel
Hoosier Ag Today
Right now most people are focused on their air conditioning; but, come January, homeowners will want to have plenty of heating oil around to keep them warm. Greg Anderson with the National Biodiesel Board says more of the heating oil used in East Coast states will come from Soy Biodiesel beginning next July.
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Safety Updates



Deadly derailment won't stop oil on trains
Stamford Advocate
A fiery and fatal train derailment earlier this month in Quebec, near the Maine border, highlighted the danger of moving oil by rail, a practice that has grown exponentially as a result of the oil boom and will continue to expand, experts say. This year, more trains carrying crude will chug across North America than ever before — nearly 1,400 carloads a day. In 2009, there were just 31 carloads a day.
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EU serious about offshore drilling safety
United Press International
Oil and natural gas companies are called on to do more to ensure their offshore operations are safe, the EU energy commissioner said from Washington. European Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger arrived in Washington to discuss global energy issues with his U.S. counterparts. His visit came as regulators from the European Union consider new safety standards for offshore drilling.
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Motorists experiencing 'sticker shock' as gas pump prices rise 12 cents in week
Money News
American motorists are bracing for further increases in gas pump prices this summer after average national prices rose 12 cents in one week alone. AAA says drivers are experiencing "sticker shock" as increased summer demand, unrest in Egypt and production disruptions in the U.S. and other countries push up the price of crude oil and gasoline. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.67 a gallon.
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Legislative Updates



Building bipartisan collaboration on energy competition?
The Energy Collective
All indications are that the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman R-Ohio, will be brought to the Senate floor for debate once Gina McCarthy's nomination hearing is done and the Senate debate of the 2014 transportation spending bill, and the prognosis for passage is generally positive. There is still some concern that attachments of unrelated amendments could derail the bill.
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