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New England natural gas expansion plan hits roadblock
MaineToday Media, Inc.
A first-of-its kind effort by the six New England governors to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the region has stalled and may be dead because of Massachusetts politics, dealing a blow to efforts to save Maine homes and businesses $120 million a year. The plan, announced with great fanfare in January, would increase gas pipeline capacity by nearly 20 percent within three years and build at least one major electricity transmission line to bring renewable energy from Canada.
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Maine's LePage appeals to Massaschusetts' Patrick as tariff to pay for gas pipeline falters
MassLive
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has written to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, imploring him to get on board with a plan to fund new, regional natural gas pipeline infrastructure through a shared, six-state ratepayer tariff. LePage's letter was first published by the Bangor Daily News.
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Industry group leads push for Maine's southern counties to use reformulated gasoline
Bangor Daily News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing for seven southern Maine counties to transition to lower-emitting reformulated gasoline, a proposal supported by the fuel industry-led Maine Energy Marketers Association.
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Portsmouth set to appeal Newington's approval of Sea-3 expansion
Seacoast Media Group
The city is denying that its appeals of the planned expansion of the Sea-3 propane terminal in Newington are aimed at using state and local law to prevent the facility from having access to rail service.
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Our view: Stalled gas pipeline shows need for energy diversity
Portland Press Herald
New England has some of the highest electric rates in the country despite getting the largest share of its power from natural gas, which is selling for historically low prices. That's because New England does not have the infrastructure it needs to get enough gas into the region during the high demand months.
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Will is lost
Mainely Media LLC
In 1973 author Robert Heinlein wrote, "Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something. Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let's play that over again too. Who decides?"
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Conway propane premium to Mont Belvieu dives as storage becomes scarce
Platts
The premium for propane at the U.S. Midcontinent trading hub of Conway over the Mont Belvieu Non-LST price dropped 2.9 cents/gal recently, with sources saying the storage capacity of natural gas liquids producers in the Midcontinent may be reaching its upper limits.
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Biodiesel an advanced biofuel that cuts reliance on petroleum
MaineToday Media, Inc.
The Chicago Tribune editorial "Repeal renewable fuel standard," was undoubtedly off the mark when it claimed the Renewable Fuel Standard had "flopped" at encouraging the development of advanced biofuels in the United States.
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Lincoln natural gas project near milestone
Mainebiz
The first part of a $7.5 million natural gas project is almost finished in the town of Lincoln, Maine, where Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC and other businesses are expected to benefit. The Bangor Daily News reported that the first phase of construction for Bangor Gas Co.'s pipeline will be completed soon.
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Massachusetts energy secretary: Low natural gas supply will mean high heating costs in winter
MassLive
Bay Staters enjoying the final stretch of summer can look forward to a pricey winter for home heating costs, according to state officials. "It's going to be a very expensive winter," predicted Secretary of Environment and Energy Affairs Maeve Vallely Bartlett, at a meeting at Tufts Medical Center recently.
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Letters: My city has been hijacked
Current Publishing
Don Russell writes for Keep Me Current: "I (a six-year Planning Board member, longtime resident, and now conflicted lover of SoPo) and thousands of other voter residents are still trying to figure out what is sadder and more distasteful — what SP has done or how they did it? 'How' wins by a nose."
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