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Oil, gas companies in heated battle for customers north of Portland
Portland Press Herald
Mainers like to take a break from thinking about home heating costs during the summer, but that's harder to do this year in three suburbs north of Portland. In neighborhoods of Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth where Summit Natural Gas of Maine is installing gas lines, salespeople in helmets and company T-shirts are riding the streets on Segways, hoping to engage homeowners and convert them to natural gas.
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MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page
MEMA
Stop what you're doing! Have you visited MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page? Please take a moment to do so now, and be sure to LIKE us to stay on top of our 2015 campaign!
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HR + Risk Management



Hire a specialist!
Federated Insurance
If a family member had a serious heart condition that required surgery, we would surely seek out the best cardiovascular specialist available to perform the operation. The same should hold true when seeking advice on our estate and business succession plans.
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Legislative Updates



Hundreds attend hearing on Kinder Morgan pipeline
WMUR-TV
Hundreds of people packed a ballroom Wednesday, July 29, in Nashua for a public meeting on the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline. Nearly 1,000 property owners are in the path of the proposed pipeline. Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas say it would run across 71 miles of Southern New Hampshire.
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Maine DEP likely to decide on Searsport dredging by end of year
The Free Press
The decision on whether or not to approve a US Army Corps of Engineers project to dredge Searsport Harbor to enlarge the shipping channel and deposit almost a million cubic yards of dredge spoils in the bay six miles away off the tip of Islesboro will be made by the end of the year, at the earliest, according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



Efficiency Maine extends 40-hour heat pump training scholarship program through summer
MEMA
Register today — few seats remain!
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Event website now open: 23rd Annual J. Garrie Murray MEMA Golf Classic
MEMA
Register to play or become a sponsor today!
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event Location
Aug. 17-21 40-Hour Heat Pump Training MEMA Technical Education Center, Brunswick, ME
Aug. 31 23rd Annual J. Garrie Murray MEMA Golf Classic Martindale Country Club, Auburn, ME



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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 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.

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Industry Headlines



With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude below the ocean floor. Royal Dutch Shell PLC now only needs the 380-foot Fennica, repaired at a Portland shipyard, to be on hand at the drill site to ask federal regulators for permission to dig into oil-bearing rock already included on its Arctic offshore leases.
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5 takeaways on the EPA's Clean Power Plan
Council on Foreign Relations
The final version of President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan (his carbon dioxide regulations for new and existing power plants) will soon be released by the Environmental Protection Agency. Many details are already online. The new rules are an important step forward but certainly not without their flaws. Here are five important things, good and bad, that today's dueling press releases might not tell you.
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Convenience Store News



Department of Labor takes on employment practices
NACS
The Department of Labor has been busy of late — and convenience store owners should pay attention. Convenience store owners may soon face significant new employment costs relating to overtime, and they now may be liable for substantial penalties related to their employment of independent contractors.
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    LIHEAP Vendor Training — Pre-register by Aug. 17 (Maine State Housing Authority)
University of Maine at Machias to switch to natural gas (WABI-TV)
MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page
After 'and' dispute, stability expected for Maine heating incentives (Bangor Daily News)
Are there holes in your umbrella policy? (Federated Insurance)

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