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WPO: Good intentions, but bad policy for city
Keep Me Current American Journal
Buffeted by scare tactics from both sides for the last several months, voters in South Portland will be weighing in on the Waterfront Protection Ordinance Nov. 5, which will dictate land uses within the shipyard district near Bug Light, as well as the 250-foot-wide shoreland overlay district in the city's commercial district, where oil companies now off-load oil products for shipment via the pipeline to Canada.
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Legislative Updates



Possible bill would hold back Obamacare's individual mandate
NACS
In a move that would conflict with his party, Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., is discussing a possible proposal that would delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, Roll Call reports. Sen. Mark Rubio, R-Fla., is also working on similar legislation, but Rubio's would have no restart date.
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Industry Headlines



Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci announces opposition to WPO
South Portland Working Waterfront Coalition
Today, former Maine Gov. John Baldacci announced his opposition to the Waterfront Protection Ordinance. In a statement, Baldacci said: "After careful consideration, I have decided to join the many community and state leaders opposed to the Waterfront Protection Ordinance, or WPO, in South Portland. While I respect the citizen initiative process and understand there are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, I am convinced the WPO would cause serious harm to one of our state's most important economic engines: the working waterfront of South Portland and greater Portland region.
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Using tech playbook, oil drillers shower employees with stock
Reuters
U.S. energy exploration companies leading a domestic oil boom increasingly are using stock options to find and maintain employees, evoking comparisons to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. Some compensation experts and investment analysts worry that employees of small- and medium-sized firms that are still searching for sizeable profits could be lulled by a false sense of financial security.
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The hidden indicators of a failing project
Harvard Business Review
Daniel Kahneman, in his book "Thinking Fast and Slow," recounts a bit of a planning pickle he and his Israeli Ministry of Education colleagues encountered when estimating how long it would take to complete a high school textbook on judgment and decision making.
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More Maine homeowners use propane for heating fuel
Portland Press Herald
As prices become more competitive, Maine homeowners are increasingly turning away from oil as their primary heating source and using propane instead. Ralph Twombly recently decided to replace the oil-burning furnace at his Cape Elizabeth home with one that uses propane. He expects his heating bills to go down only slightly this winter but anticipates greater savings in the years ahead if prices drop as supplies increase.
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Maine Natural Gas completes Augusta pipeline, will start gas deliveries
Mainbiz
Maine Natural Gas, which is in heated competition with Summit Natural Gas to provide natural gas to the Augusta area, said that it has finished filling its 21.4 mile steel and plastic natural gas main, and expects to deliver gas to its first customers soon. That line runs from the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline tap in Windsor through Augusta to the new regional hospital at the MaineGeneral Medical Center. Maine Natural Gas, headquartered in Brunswick, is a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, which also owns Central Maine Power Co.
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Oil and gas to maintain key roles in New England energy picture
The Morning Sentinel
Total energy use in the United States will grow by 10 percent by 2040, an analyst from the American Petroleum Institute said in Portland. Despite the surge of renewable sources, more than half of the energy will come from oil and natural gas, said Kyle Isakower, vice president for regulatory and economic policy at the trade group.
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Safety Updates



New offshore energy regulator warns 'risk does not discriminate'
Fuel Fix
Three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster and 25 years after an explosion killed 167 people on the Piper Alpha platform in the North Sea, offshore oil workers and their overseers must guard against complacency, the top U.S. offshore drilling regulator insisted. In his inaugural speech as head of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Brian Salerno said the challenge is remaining vigilant as those episodes fade into the distance.
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Convenience Stores



In the convenience store of the future, you can get a mortgage along with your toothpaste
The Washington Post
The new Walgreens in Washington D.C.'s glitzy Gallery Place neighborhood, as has been amply documented, is a wonderland. It's got frozen yogurt, a juice bar, a manicure station, a decent selection of craft beers, a health care clinic, a "yoga needs" aisle, refrigerated displays full of fresh prepared food plus everything else you'd expect from a regular corner drugstore. Like other convenience chains, it's becoming a general store for a world in which it's all too easy to buy routine items with a click of a mouse, providing as many amenities as possible — including groceries — to keep you walking through the doors.
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