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South Portland girds for legal battle, praised for precedent on its tar sands ban
Portland Press Herald
South Portland officials are preparing for a legal battle with members of the oil industry over a City Council vote Monday to block the export of tar sands oil from its port — an action that environmentalists say could set a precedent for communities across the continent that don’t want the Canadian crude flowing through.
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Downeast LNG proposes expanded project, submits request to energy regulators
Bangor Daily News
Downeast LNG has submitted a pre-filing request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop its proposed liquefied natural gas import-export facility, the company announced. The request is for a facility with significantly more capacity than the company proposed in June, an expansion that also increases the cost of the project substantially.
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Developer says proposed LNG plant in Groveton 'on hold'
New Hampshire Union Leader
Plans to build a $100 million liquefied-natural gas production plant in Groveton Village are on “hold,” according to the developer, Clear Energy of Marlborough, Massachusetts. “We’re re-evaluating the project and working with issues that have arisen with the state of New Hampshire,” said Evan Coleman, Clear Energy’s chief operating officer. Coleman would not elaborate on what those issues are, but said more information may be forthcoming from Clear Energy by mid-August.
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Portland mayor proposes $10.68 citywide minimum wage by 2017
Bangor Daily News
With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city.
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US cruising on a fast track toward LNG exports
By Stefanie Heerwig
With the Ukraine-Russia conflict tightening, rebel armies trying to take control over Iraqi oil and Westerners being urged to leave Libya in a heightening conflict, demand for U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas could never be higher. Since the start of the Ukraine crisis, U.S. policymakers have introduced more than six pieces of legislation in Congress to fast-track LNG exports. At the core of the debate is not only question on whether to export LNG, but also to whom and whether certain exports serve "national interests."
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Trashanol: Vendor pitches garbage-to-energy technology to board representing 187 Maine towns
Bangor Daily News
While the Department of Environmental Protection considers an application from the Municipal Review Committee to open an integrated solid waste and recycling facility with a landfill in Penobscot County, the MRC board heard a presentation Wednesday from technology vendor Fiberight. Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, described how the company’s demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia, that turns municipal solid waste into ethanol, biogas or compressed natural gas through a distillation process, could be copied in Maine.
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Memo concerning the anti-retaliation provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act
United States Department of Labor
The primary purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to facilitate coordination and cooperation between the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration concerning the anti-retaliation provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, 49 U.S.C. § 31105, and the anti-coercion provision, in 49 U.S.C. § 31136(a)(5). The secondary purpose of this MOU is to facilitate the exchange of safety and health allegations, when received by one agency, which are under the authority of the other.
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Industry Headlines



Messer Truck Equipment aquires HSE Gould LLC
Messer Truck Equipment
Westbrook-based Messer Truck Equipment recently acquired HSE Gould, LLC, a South Portland-based petroleum equipment distributor. HSE Gould can trace its roots back to 1928, when Ralph Gould founded Gould Equipment Company in South Portland In 1998, the original Gould Equipment Company was moved to Bangor, where it independently operates today. This is Messer Truck Equipment’s first-ever acquisition and will grow the company’s workforce to 27 employees.
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Get ready for the New England power shortage
The American Spectator
So how have California’s liberal counterparts on the East Coast managed to avoid the same fate? You’d think a region that could produce Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders plus legions of college students trained to hate fossil fuels would have no trouble pursuing the same green dreams. Well, it’s about to happen. In the next few years New England will be facing a full-scale power shortage.
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
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    South Portland tar sands ban enacted (MPBN News)
South Portland council should vote no on anti-oil sands ordinance (Bangor Daily News)
UMF heating proposal going to trustees (Sun Journal)
Tom Steyer's epic green fail (Breitbart)
Tar sands battleground: South Portland (Portland Press Herald)

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Convenience Stores



Narrowing the spot where the generations converge
CSPnet.com
Generation Z, millennials, Generation X and baby boomers total about 74 percent of the U.S. population — and make up the bulk of today's foodservice consumers. Technomic recently examined the needs and behaviors of each generation, including its very first look at Generation Z, to uncover a number of differences and similarities by cohort.
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Suddenly, convenience stores face a threat: Wal-Mart
The New York Times
The traditional convenience store pricing strategy is now being threatened by a large competitor: Wal-Mart. The giant retailer gave a clinic on how to drop a bomb on an industry without making a big deal about it. Like a large cottonmouth snake trying to quietly slither underneath a willow tree, Wal-Mart confirmed in an oh-by-the-way tone that it is rolling out a new business model. With sales lagging, the company plans to open a number of smaller footprint stores.
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