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Maine's re-elected governor lays out 2nd term agenda
Maine Public Broadcasting
In a wide-ranging discussion with reporters recently, Gov. Paul LePage laid out an ambitious agenda, with one over-arching goal: improving Maine's economy and putting more Mainers to work in his second term. Many of the goals and themes of his first term as governor will continue to dominate in the second. Gov. LePage says Maine has to improve its economy, while still addressing fundamental social needs. He says welfare reforms that were defeated in the last two years will be back next session. But his top priority, possibly emergency legislation in January, will be to find ways to reduce energy costs.
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Community leaders call out gas front group
Nashoba Publishing
Maine attorney Anthony Buxton recently launched a new group, "Coalition to Lower Energy Costs." Buxton, general counsel and spokesman for the coalition, is a registered energy industry lobbyist in Maine, where he represents Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. Vince Premus is a Massachusetts resident and founding member of Stop the Northeast Energy Direct, a regional grassroots coalition to stop the construction of TGP's high-pressure, natural gas pipeline that would cut a swath through private property and protected land in some 40 communities across the Commonwealth.
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Mainers urged to prepare homes ahead of cold snap
WMTW-TV
With cold weather on the way, now is the time to get your home ready. Jamie Py of the Maine Energy Marketers Association says people should remember to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and seal their homes to prevent drafts that could lead to frozen and broken pipes. He also said make sure to call a technician if your boiler or furnace stops working. "If your boiler isn't working, don't keep pushing the reset button. It just keeps shooting oil or gas into it. Call a technician, make sure they come to check it out to make sure there isn't something else wrong there," said Py.
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Arrival of natural gas runs late in 3 towns north of Portland
Portland Press Herald
An expansive project by Summit Natural Gas of Maine to bring gas service to three suburbs north of Portland is progressing more slowly than expected, leading to complications for homeowners who sought the fuel as a blockbuster solution to high heating costs. Summit began drilling and laying gas lines in Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth in May, but has experienced construction hang-ups and other delays, forcing the company to push back the expected hookup date for some residents from September and October to December and beyond.
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Oil prices tumble on Saudi Arabia discount move
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
Oil prices slumped to multiyear lows recently after Saudi Arabia discounted supplies to the U.S., a move that is shaking an already volatile market but will likely give the world economy an unexpected stimulus. The 25 percent or so slide in oil prices since the summer could boost consumer spending and business investment in many economies around the world as fuel bills fall. But not everyone's a winner. Oil producing countries like Russia and Venezuela, which have high extraction costs and whose budgets rely on assumptions of relatively high energy prices, stand to lose out.
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Boston-area faculty join students in backing fossil fuel divestment
Portland Press Herald
The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting a boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups or joined student movements to call on administrators at their respective institutions to divest from companies that produce coal, oil and gas, blamed for climate change.
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Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco ban
The Associated Press via Morning Sentinel
The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way. This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America's tobacco wars. On Nov. 5, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the U.S. to ban sales of all tobacco products within town lines.
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Daigle Oil Company's new and improved DOC's Place CITGO re-opens doors in Bangor
3BL Media
From Nov. 7 through Nov. 9, local CITGO Marketer Daigle Oil Company and CITGO Petroleum Corporation celebrated the grand re-opening of Daigle Oil Co.'s full-service DOC's Place CITGO on Stillwater Ave. while giving back to local charitable organization the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor. The CITGO location has been closed since September for renovations, including the replacement of its underground tanks.
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    Letter: Summit needs to keep promises (The Forecaster)
Summit Natural Gas is cutting safety corners (Morning Sentinel)
Utilities, contractors should pay for damage to roads they cause (Morning Sentinel)
Why does Saudi Arabia seem so comfortable with falling oil prices? (Maine Public Broadcasting)

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