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3 South Maine towns eye natural gas installation timeline
Maine Biz
The towns of Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth expect by the end of next year to have half of the planned natural gas lines in place and providing gas to 80 percent of their residents. Cumberland Town Manager Bill Shane told Mainebiz that 9,600 residents could have natural gas over the next five years.
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Nov. 20 2013 Propane Summit Register and Pay Online
Nov. 22
Annual Propane Underground Tank Installer and Inspector Program Register and Pay Online
Dec. 3-5 Annual Dealer Meetings Portland, Belfast, Bangor & Ft. Kent
March 25 MEMA Day on the Hill Visit Maine.gov for more information



Legislative Updates



OSHA's Global Harmonization System Training video for employers and employees
Maine Community College System
The Maine Community College System is pleased to partner with the Maine Department of Labor to provide employees and employers across the state with access to detailed information about new federal standards for working with hazardous chemicals. All employees in Maine are required to be trained in this new Global Harmonization System. A 23-minute video, produced by MDOL, makes it possible for employers to offer the training at no cost to employees wherever it is most convenient — at work, at home or even the local library. Compliance is mandatory by Dec 1. This website will help meet compliance requirements of OSHA. Any questions call Will Beck MEMA office 201-729-5298.
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Fracking protestors gather in Bangor
WABI-TV
VideoBriefBangor is often the grounds of many different protests, all for various reasons. Recently protestors gathered on Stillwater Ave. to protest fracking. Many of the protestors are indigenous people from reservations all around Maine and New Brunswick. Their goal is to gain people's attention of the fracking industry. Sherri Mitchell, executive director of The Land Peace Foundation said, "We're standing for future generations, for the rights of the earth, because our children and our grandchildren will not be able to survive on this planet if we don't stand up and do something right now."
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Industry Headlines



Natural gas gains squeeze family-run oil companies in Northeast
Casper Star-Tribune
The black-and-white photo on the wall of Jennifer Tracey-Carlo's heating oil company shows her father and grandfather standing beside a small fleet of gleaming delivery trucks, offering a glimpse into a time when oil was king and honoring the two men who built the business. Tracey-Carlo, the third generation to run Tracey Energy Services in New Haven, Conn., says oil dealerships like hers once expanded with a growing population and followed the exodus to suburbia. "We have their grandchildren," she said of customers whose families grew up with hers. "As people moved further, we'd move with them."
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Natural-gas prices are on the rise
Nashoba Publishing
If you heat your home with natural gas, you will need to reach a little deeper into your pocket this winter to pay for your bills. Those who use oil can breathe a little easier. But everyone will end up paying more for utilities because electricity bills are going up. The projections come amid the natural-gas production boom in the U.S. that has kept utility bills steady in recent years. Natural-gas prices have plummeted as producers began using the hydraulic fracturing technology to extract gas from rock layers — the previously untapped gas reservoirs.
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As natural gas companies snatch up customers, oil providers offer ways to reduce bills
Bangor Daily News
With the winter freeze approaching, natural gas companies are scrambling to hook up their last new customers of 2013, while Maine oil and propane dealers are trying to give their users money-saving options in hopes they won't convert. "We're on track to put in about 800 new services this year," Andrew Barrowman, manager of sales and marketing for Bangor Natural Gas, said recently.
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The 'dirty' fossil fuel divestment campaign
Energy Tribune
Al Gore is for it. Student bodies are in favor. And for both the U.K.'s Guardian and the New York Times it's already a cause celebrate. Given such an array of entitlement culture, social engineering leftist consensus, we therefore know it must be a dumb idea, right?
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The secret, dirty cost of Obama's green power push
Real Clear Energy
The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil, the polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply; even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn't supposed to be this way.
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Americans don't grasp energy issues
PennEnergy
With a wealth of information at our fingertips, the lack of information most Americans have about relevant energy issues is astonishing. Unfortunately, a recent article on Politico.com wasn't nearly as surprising as anticpated. The average American doesn't know what's going on in the energy sector. Miley Cyrus garners more attention on the major news networks than ... the news. Politico's article discusses the recent polls that show that while debates surrounding energy get heated in the capital, many people don't even know the large trends in the energy industry, much less the details of the cost or even the source of the energy in the U.S.
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Wal-Mart testing 1st real convenience store
CSP
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is building a genuine convenience store in its headquarters town of Bentonville, Ark., the first of such a format for the retail giant, a company spokesperson told The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Walmart spokesperson Deisha Barnett told the newspaper that the company paid $4.5 million in September for the two-acre site.
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European Union proposes ban or fee for plastic bags
NACS
The European Union commission is considering directives that would reduce plastic bag usage within those nations by 80 percent, The Guardian reports. The proposal would mandate member countries to pick three ways of cutting bag waste: fees, bans or a national target on lowering usage. It will likely take around two years for such a proposal to become a mandate.
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