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Testimony of Jamie Py: Opposing the Waterfront Protection Ordinance amending Ch. 27
MEMA
Members of the South Portland Planning Board, my name is Jamie Py. I am a resident of Portland and I am the President of the Maine Energy Marketers Association. MEMA is a trade association composed of approximately 370 member companies and more than 10,000 permanent people working in the energy delivery and services business delivering heating oil, biofuels, motor fuels, propane and kerosene and offering service and installations on the equipment that operates on these fuels. In addition, our members own many convenience stores throughout Maine. We also provide education and training to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, weatherization and energy auditing trades for hundreds of Maine citizens annually through our courses at Maine's community colleges and at our own state of the art training facility in Brunswick.
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Maine Energy Marketers Association announces formation of ballot question committee to oppose so-called waterfront protection ordinance
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The Maine Energy Marketers Association announces the formation of a Ballot Question Committee to oppose the so-called Waterfront Protection Ordinance, expected to be considered by the voters of South Portland in November 2013.
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Industry Headlines



Iraq headed for 1st annual oil output drop in three years
Reuters
Iraq's oil revival is stalling, and unless momentum is regained, Baghdad will report an output decline for 2013, its first after two years of robust gains, much to the relief of rival Gulf producers. Swift work since 2010 at Iraq's southern oilfields by the likes of BP, Exxon Mobil and Eni raised output by 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 2.9 million bpd in 2012, turning Iraq into the world's fastest growing exporter.
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Energy prices waffle as crude, gas trend down
Oil & Gas Journal
Energy prices continued to waffle with the front-month crude contract down 3.1 percent for the week in the New York market while the West Texas Intermediate-North Sea Brent spread widened to $2.47/bbl July 26, despite an earlier bullish report of declining U.S. inventories. Natural gas fell 6.2 percent.
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Iran's influence on the oil market and the fate of the US oil industry
By Stefanie Heerwig
Bob Brackett, the supposed oil and gas wiz, is a geologist at the Bernstein brokerage and argues that Iran could suddenly throw 1 million barrels a day on the market, thereby plunging world oil prices by $10 or $15 and making 15 percent of the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. financially unbearable — the end for U.S. energy independence. What to make out of such a statement? The first question, of course, is whether Iran would throw a 1 million barrels a day on the market in the short-term future. This depends mostly on whether sanctions by the U.S. and EU will be lifted.
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Alwaleed warns of US shale danger to Saudi
Commodities
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire Saudi Arabian investor, has warned that his country's oil-dependent economy is increasingly vulnerable to competition from the U.S. shale revolution, setting him at odds with his country's oil ministry and Opec officials. In an open letter addressed to Ali Naimi, the Saudi oil minister, the prince called on the government to accelerate plans to diversify the economy.
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Safety Updates



What's going on with the proposed extension for operator certification?
New England Crane School
Most of you have probably heard by now that in May, OSHA announced that it would propose extending the deadline for operator certification from November of 2014 to November of 2017. If you were proactive in getting certified already, you are ahead of the curve and that's a good thing. Some insurance carriers give discounts for certified operators, so you should check into that. And remember that regardless of when the certification requirement goes into effect, employers are already required to provide a safe working environment and ensure that operators are qualified to operate equipment; this hasn't changed and certification remains a viable way to ensure baseline competency for operators.
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Biodiesel industry on pace for its best year ever
Convenience Store News
The U.S. biodiesel industry reached a new production record for the first half of 2013 and is on pace to have its best year ever, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Biodiesel refiners produced more than 636 million gallons nationwide through the end of June, the EPA reported. That puts the industry on pace to break the previous annual biodiesel production record of roughly 1.1 billion gallons, and would significantly exceed this year's volume requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Legislative Updates



The tar sands fight in our backyard
The Portland Press Herald
The debate over whether so-called Canadian tar sands oil will ever flow through South Portland has just gotten stickier. Anti-tar sands activists and residents say a proposed city ordinance is a narrowly tailored law designed to squelch the possibility of Portland Pipe Line Corp. ever using its 236-mile underground pipeline to bring the crude oil from Canada to Portland Harbor.
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Critics sound alarm on South Portland plan to ban tar sands oil
The Portland Press Herald
A proposed ordinance aimed at banning so-called Canadian tar sands oil from flowing through South Portland could unintentionally shutter the petroleum industry there, critics of the measure said at a hearing recently. Executives, attorneys and employees of South Portland’s largest oil-based businesses raised the alarm at the hearing before the South Portland Planning Board, where architects of the ordinance met face to face for the first time with the industrial interests poised to campaign against it.
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