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5 theories on US LNG exports (and why they're probably wrong)
The Barrel
In May, a high-profile energy analyst and former high-ranking Obama administration official told a standing-room-only shale gas conference that the Department of Energy wouldn’t be ruling on any pending applications to export liquefied natural gas for at least a month, probably longer.
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Vote facts not fear, oppose the Waterfront Protection Ordinance
Keep Me Current
Linda Boudreau, a guest columnist for Keep Me Current, writes: "The voters of South Portland now have their own critical decision to make. In November, we will consider whether to adopt the so-called 'Waterfront Protection Ordinance.' After careful consideration, I am voting no on the WPO. Let me take a moment to tell you why. The Waterfront Protection Ordinance was placed on the ballot by citizen initiative. Proponents of the WPO secured signatures in large part by claiming that it was needed to protect Bug Light from 'smokestacks.’"
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Conservative think tank crafts plan to nix income tax
Mainebiz
The conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center plans to lobby state lawmakers to support its plan for eliminating the state's income tax gradually, starting in the poorest counties, a plan it says will boost the economy. The Portland Press Herald reported the plan is the first concrete proposal for eliminating the state's income tax, an idea that Gov. Paul LePage said he supports and plans to make a central issue of his reelection campaign.
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Can Egypt have a serious impact on the international oil market?
By Stefanie Heerwig
Without doubt Egypt is one of the strategic hotspots when it comes to transporting fuel between the Middle East and the Mediterranean. But are fears about possible supply disruptions justified? And if they are, would these disruptions have a major long-term impact on the international oil market? My answer to both questions is no. Let's try to play out different scenarios about how this vital transport infrastructure could be disrupted in the current situation.
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Canadian oil sands keep on producing
Real Clear Energy
One of the strangest things about U.S. hesitation over the Keystone XL pipeline is that despite environmental objections against it, nearly half of all Canadian oil exports to the U.S. already come from oil sands. The pipeline, a project of TransCanada, would transport an addition 830,000 barrels per day from Alberta down to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
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Female oil workers face gender discrimination
Salon
The death of Sarah Darnley in the helicopter crash, in which three other oil workers died, marked a sad milestone: She is believed to have been the first woman killed in a North Sea oil rig accident. Darnley, 45 and from Elgin in north-east Scotland, had worked as a steward for a catering company for more than 20 years — a job she enjoyed, according to her family. Her sister told Glasgow's Herald newspaper: "Working offshore enabled her to pursue her love of traveling. She worked in the Falkland Islands, Congo and Turkey, as well as the North Sea."
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FDA: No proposal to ban e-cigarette sales online
CSPnet.com
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a clarification related to a Wall Street Journal story that reported the regulators are considering banning online sales of electronic cigarettes. "The FDA frequently meets with members of the tobacco industry, as well as with public health groups and other stakeholders, to better understand any concerns or questions they may have," FDA stated. "As part of this effort, 'listening sessions' with e-cigarette companies have been held at their request and have given the FDA an opportunity to listen to their concerns or views."
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Rollout roundup: Better-for-you
CSPnet.com
Remember when consumers poured down bottled waters, sports drinks and juices simply to be refreshed or replenished? The better-for-you beverages that fill today's robust pipeline are certainly not your father's versions. Trotting out buzzwords such as "enhanced," "recovery," "hydration" and "motion," makers of better-for-you drinks are conjuring images that their brands have innate payoffs transcending simply drinking, with quenching thirst just a baseline benefit.
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Legislative Updates



Experts weigh in on Affordable Care Act
Mainebiz
The federal Affordable Care Act, which went into effect in 2010 with the aim of both reforming the health care system and making insurance affordable to everyone, may be far from perfect and remains controversial. But small to large companies in Maine, as well as insurance brokers, lawyers and other stakeholders, are preparing for the onset of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which starts Oct. 1 and runs six months.
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