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The residents of South Portland have spoken
Jamie Py, President of Maine Energy Marketers Association: "Last night, the residents of South Portland have spoken and they've done so with a loud and clear voice — 'No WPO.' We are deeply grateful to the community for its support. For over a century South Portland's waterfront has provided good local jobs for area residents, vital tax revenues to support our municipal infrastructure and served as Maine's most important link to global markets. Last night's vote against the WPO is a vote to protect those jobs and promote the economy. Our fact based campaign has stood in stark contrast to the proponents' campaign based on fear and misinformation about oil sands. We look forward to being part of a conversation with the community going forward, to collaboratively discuss the future of the working waterfront with all concerned citizens and to provide facts to dispel the many myths raised during this campaign about oil sands and the petroleum industry."
South Portland voters reject Waterfront Protection Ordinance
The Portland Press Herald
The controversial proposal to ban so-called tar sands oil from South Portland was defeated in a close citywide vote. The final tally was 51 percent to 49 percent against the Waterfront Protection Ordinance — with 4,453 votes against the ordinance and 4,261 in favor. Forty-five percent of the city's registered voters cast ballots.
Bonds headed for passage, but Maine Maritime Academy borrowing has slim support
Bangor Daily News
The five bond questions on the statewide ballot were headed toward passage in unofficial results. The question with the least support from voters was Question 4, a bond that would provide $4.5 million for a new science facility at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Results at 10:30 p.m. reflected reporting from about three-quarters of voting precincts statewide and showed the bond with support from 51 percent of voters.
More than $33 million in heating fuel assistance headed for Maine
Bangor Daily News
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released an initial $33.7 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds, members of Maine's congressional delegation announced. The funding will help low-income and elderly Mainers heat their homes this winter, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said in a joint statement.
US representatives ask EPA to reduce 2014 ethanol mandate
A bipartisan group of representatives want the Environmental Protection Agency to decrease the ethanol mandate for 2014, EENews.net reports. The letter to Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, urges the agency to reduce the target number for conventional ethanol usage because of changing corn prices and higher compliance costs for refineries.
Vehicle barrier protection among new NFPA 58 edition updates
The National Fire Protection Association technical committee's work was complete last January for the 2014 edition of NFPA 58, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code. The NFPA 58 committee had finished the document, and the appeals process had begun. By April, the committee had acted on all of the changes from the appeals process and finalized the document. The 2014 edition of NFPA 58 was set for publication in early September.
Bergquist offers new Kosan+ Guardian dielectric propane regulators
Bergquist Inc. announces its offering of Cavagna Group's new Kosan+ Guardian dielectric second-stage regulators. The residential regulators — designed specifically for the U.S. market with input from Bergquist and retail propane marketers — are the first to incorporate dielectric capability and regulator as an all-in-one solution. In accordance to NFPA 58–126.96.36.199, the Kosan+ Guardian is intended to isolate potential electrical power from metallic piping before entering a building.
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New York and New Jersey work to prevent gas outages
A year after Hurricane Sandy ripped up the East Coast, knocking out power to numerous gasoline stations and leaving thousands of drivers searching for fuel, New York and New Jersey have concocted a disaster plan to avoid a repeat, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
Green collar careers: Proulx Oil and Propane and Proulx AutoGas owner Jim Proulx
The New Hampshire
When Joe Proulx first founded Proulx Oil back in 1944, the result was a changing of the energy guard in New England from the soot and smoke of coal to something more efficient. The company, now led by Joe Proulx's grandson Jim, 51, continues to embrace cutting-edge technologies, steadfast customer service and ever-improving, more efficient products.
The high stakes of transporting oil by rail
The Vancouver Sun
Despite the cancellation of a high-stakes meeting between the premiers of B.C. and Alberta, the option of transporting oil from Alberta to the coast by rail remains a hot topic. But a recent slew of sensational derailments and crashes involving rail cars carrying oil and petroleum products — including a fiery explosion in Alberta involving a train bound for Metro Vancouver — is raising concerns about a potential human or environmental disaster in B.C.
Pine State Trading, Sionic Mobile sign strategic alliance
Pine State Trading Co., a leader in New England for marketing and distribution of convenience and beverage products and Sionic Mobile, an mCommerce company providing mobile gifting, payments and rewards, have announced a strategic partnership to provide Pine State Trading's customers with Sionic Mobile's ION Loyalty solution. The cloud-based ION platform uses mobile devices to connect merchants with nearby, ready-to-spend consumers.
Local gas prices continue to drop
Foster's Daily Democrat
Average retail gasoline prices in New Hampshire fell 3.3 cents per gallon, averaging $3.28 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 875 gas outlets in New Hampshire. In Maine, average prices fell 1.7 cents per gallon, averaging $3.41 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,228 gas outlets in Maine. Some Tri-City Region prices were seen at $3.11 per gallon.
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