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PUC staff says benefits of Maine investing in natural gas capacity unlikely to exceed costs
Bangor Daily News
A report issued Oct. 1 directs state regulators to move forward with caution when considering whether Maine electricity customers should help to pay for increasing natural gas pipeline capacity to the Northeast. If the Maine Public Utilities Commission assessed a new fee on ratepayers to buy up to $75 million in gas pipeline capacity per year, a report from PUC staff determined "it is unlikely that the benefits to Maine consumers will exceed the costs of pipeline capacity ... unless the cost of pipeline capacity is very low."
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Maine utilities watchdog appeals rates approved for Bangor Gas
Bangor Daily News
The office of the state's utilities watchdog has asked Maine's top court to invalidate natural gas rates approved for Bangor Gas Co., seeking use of a different rate-setting method for residential customers and new ratemaking processes for industrial customers such as Verso Paper's Bucksport mill.
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The market speaks — Maine (and New England) should listen
Conservation Law Foundation
The preliminary conclusions are in on Maine's proposed gambit to invest ratepayer money on natural gas pipeline expansion — it's not worth the risk. Those were the findings of the Maine Public Utilities Commission staff in its recommendations to the Commission that were issued recently. The staff report finds that the cost of using ratepayer money to subsidize investment in natural gas pipeline capacity is likely to outweigh any benefits from such unprecedented public funding.
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Gov. Hassan invites Mayor Lister to meet on Sea-3 concerns
Portsmouth Herald
Gov. Maggie Hassan has invited Mayor Robert Lister to meet with her about his concerns over the expansion of the Sea-3 propane facility in Newington. "I share the concerns that you and many other Seacoast-area residents have expressed about Sea-3's proposed expansion," Hassan wrote in a letter to Lister.
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GOP divided over oil export ban
Politico
Republicans may be the party of free markets and "drill, baby, drill," but the party's presidential hopefuls and congressional leaders are seriously divided on whether the U.S. should start exporting its gusher of domestic oil.
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event More Information
Oct. 10 Viega Educational Facility Open House Viega Educational Facility, 1800 Southwood Drive, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063
Oct. 29 MEMA Board of Directors Meeting Bangor, Maine
Nov. 6 Annual Propane Summit Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta
Dec. 2-4 December Dealer Meetings Falmouth, Augusta, Bangor + Caribou



Industry Headlines



Mill closure shows Maine needs a new economy
Bangor Daily News
We have seen yet another closure of a Maine industrial giant, as Verso Paper announced its Bucksport mill will cease operations Dec. 1. As is not uncommon in these situations, the announcement came with no warning to local, state or federal officials that 570 workers — or, at least, a large majority of them — were soon going to be out of a job. This has rekindled the always-ongoing discussion about the state of Maine's economy. However, much of that discussion is sadly superficial, seeking to place blame rather than find solutions.
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Facts about Sea-3's propane shipments, site plan
Foster's Daily Democrat
For nearly 40 years, Sea-3 has safely provided 40 percent of all the propane used by schools, homes and businesses in New England. However, Sea-3's commitment to safety and to meeting customer demands for propane is being overshadowed by unfounded fears and inaccurate information about the propane railcars that will pass through the city of Portsmouth.
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PUC staff warily backs funding gas expansion through electricity bills
Portland Press Herald
Maine electricity customers shouldn't be charged up to $75 million a year for contracts to secure new deliveries of natural gas through expanded pipelines, the staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission said Oct. 1, because the potential benefits won't exceed the costs. Despite its skepticism, the staff recommended that the agency accept project proposals anyway, so the PUC and its consultants can evaluate potential benefits to determine whether they would be "sufficient."
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Shorter approval pipeline, risky subsidies aren't the key to lower electricity prices
Bangor Daily News
There is no doubt that Maine needs to continue to diversify its energy mix and that natural gas will play a large role in that effort. However, fast-tracking approval of pipelines, which could make it easier for gas companies to take private property, is a risky way to do this. Adding to the risk, the Maine Public Utilities Commission is currently considering charging all the state's electricity users a surcharge to build more natural gas infrastructure, much of it out of state.
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Convenience Store News



Tobacco products: Guidance and compliance
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA conducts compliance check inspections of tobacco product retailers to determine a retailer's compliance with federal laws and regulations, and generally issues Warning Letters for first-time violations. FDA generally issues civil money penalties for violations found on subsequent inspections.
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