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Summit faces $150,000 fine for drilling natural gas pipes through Maine sewer lines
The Bangor Daily News
State regulators want Summit Natural Gas of Maine to pay a $150,000 fine after discovering the company damaged sewer lines in 25 places during horizontal drilling installations in Augusta, Gardiner, Yarmouth and Cumberland. The discovery of problems with the company's natural gas pipeline installations using trenchless, horizontal drilling technology prompted new safety reviews in June. Since then, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has required the company to verify it did not damage sewer lines by using a remote camera before the gas could start flowing.
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Senator: Emails reveal EPA, green group in 'beyond cozy' relationship
The Daily Signal
Republican lawmakers say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enjoys a "beyond cozy" relationship with a liberal environmental action group that seeks to reshape national energy policies in a way that would hurt American businesses and families.
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Governor candidates on the issues: Energy
Portland Press Herald
Mainers live in a cold climate and are burdened by above-average rates for heat and electricity. So the choices that the next governor makes about energy policy will affect everyone who pays to keep the lights on and the house warm. But energy policy is about more than just paying bills. Decisions made by state government are intertwined with big-picture issues ranging from economic development to climate change.
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As the price of oil plummets, gas tax should be going up
Portland Press Herald
Whenever the price of oil spikes, it's a sure bet that some U.S. politicians will propose another gas tax holiday. So now that oil has fallen below $85 a barrel and with America's highways and mass-transit systems starved for funding, is anyone in Washington sensibly calling for a gas tax increase?
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Industry Headlines



Shale boom tested as sub-$90 oil threatens US drillers
Bloomberg
The U.S. shale boom is producing record amounts of new oil as demand weakens, pushing prices down toward levels that threaten to reduce future drilling. Domestic fields will add an unprecedented 1.1 million barrels a day of output this year and another 963,000 in 2015, raising production to the most since 1970, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Outlook positive for New England heat aid program
Portland Press Herald
Low prices and expected warmer weather in northern New England are combining to produce a more favorable outlook for the federal heating assistance program. Heading into winter, Congress has already made its appropriation for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and officials in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire know what they are going to receive. Vermont is getting about $17.2 million, Maine $35.3 million and New Hampshire $23.2 million.
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Junex starts drilling oil exploration well in Quebec
PennEnergy
Junex Inc. (or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has started drilling its Junex Galt No. 4 Horizontal well with its recently-acquired, 3,000 meter-capacity Foragaz No. 4 drilling rig. The Company also announces reception of a new drilling permit from the Quebec government for its next horizontal well on the property, the Junex Galt No. 5 Horizontal well, which the Company intends to drill following the Galt No. 4 Horizontal well.
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Northeast US gas at decade-high for winter on supply
Bloomberg
Natural gas for January in the U.S. Northeast is the most expensive in more than a decade on concern that pipelines may not be able to ship enough fuel, risking a repeat of last winter's record prices. Supplies in the so-called consuming east region, which covers the Northeast to the Midwest, are at the lowest seasonal level since 2000, government data show. Additional pipelines into New England from the Marcellus shale fields in Pennsylvania won't begin service until at least late 2016.
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Cheap oil not a sure winner
Portland Press Herald
If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy. Low fuel prices can help boost economic growth by reducing fuel bills and leaving consumers and companies with more money to spend on other things. Problem is, two factors behind the oil-price drop — a weaker global economy and a stronger dollar — could hurt the U.S. economy by reducing exports, employment and spending. And all that, in turn, could outweigh the economic benefit of cheaper fuel.
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How the past can power the future
The Christian Science Monitor
Extractive industries — the pumping of oil from the ground, the mining of minerals, harvesting of timber, farming of food — are the oldest industries in the world, a step up from hunting and gathering but far removed from software development or robotic prosthetics. Extraction is often associated with the "resource curse," the observation that windfall riches stunt the growth of human capital and lead to corruption and indolence. When you get something free of charge, you might not be better off.
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Convenience Store News



White House to require PIN technology on credit transactions
NACS
President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Oct. 17 that directs the government to implement more secure transactions around sensitive data. The new BuySecure Initiative will institute the use of both microchip and PIN technology in government-issued credit and debit cards. The administration is also and joining with leading private players to advance the use of this highly secure technology as the industry standard.
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