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Summit Natural Gas misses deadline for Cony, Augusta buildings
Kennebec Journal
Delays in the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Windsor to Madison, via Augusta, have forced officials to find other ways to heat some prominent public buildings. Cony High School and the attached Capital Area Technical Center buildings in Augusta are being heated by propane so far this heating season, despite a contract with Summit Natural Gas of Maine that specified those buildings and others would have gas by Nov. 1.
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Member Updates



Jan. 1, 2015 temperature compensation required on all delivery trucks
MEMA
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015 temperature compensating devices will be required on all retail delivery trucks. 2015 is not that far away it is important that you are preparing for these upcoming changes. Vehicle Tank Meters not meeting this statute will be in violation of the Weights and Measures Law Title 10, Chapter 501 and will be rejected and taken out of service until they are made correct; each violation is also a civil violation subject to a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $2,000.
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Legislative Updates



Maine tax breaks panel to unveil recommendations
The Kennebec Journal
A panel that has been tasked with reviewing Maine's tax exemptions, breaks and credits to come up with $40 million in savings is poised to make its recommendations to the Legislature. A special group of lawmakers, economists and business representatives created as part of the state budget is reviewing the state’s tax code to try to find enough money to forestall automatic reductions to municipal revenue sharing.
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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.
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Safety Updates



New pollution requirements would pave way for newer, cleaner industrial technologies in Maine
Bangor Daily News
It is because of this work with the private sector that our air is clean and, in fact, in the last 10 years we have seen a 20-50 percent reduction in pollutant levels. The people of Maine should be proud of this and be assured that Gov. Paul LePage's administration is working hard to ensure our air is clean without placing unnecessary regulatory burdens on businesses if those regulations have no tangible environmental benefit.
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Industry Headlines



Will natural gas eventually come from sea ice? Prospect thrills some, dismays others
Miami Herald
Buried beneath the world's oceans and the Arctic permafrost lies a global energy source that many think might dwarf today's fracking revolution: huge reservoirs of natural gas trapped in ice crystals. They're called methane hydrates and are sometimes known as "flammable ice." If tapping methane hydrates ever becomes feasible, it once again would change the geopolitical map of the planet. Nations like Japan and India that lack their own conventional oil and gas resources suddenly could become energy power players.
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Are we running out of renewable fuel?
Real Clear Energy
In a surprising about-face, the Obama Administration on Nov. 15 proposed a rule which, if finalized, would relax the total amount of ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels that must be used in this country. Its reason? That there will be an "inadequate domestic supply" next year and for years to come. Back in 2007, Congress amended the Clean Air Act to require this country to use increasing amounts of renewable fuels. This year 16.5 billion gallons is required; next year 18.2 billion gallons must be used; and the figure increases yearly until it reaches 36 billion gallons in 2022.
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
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Notice of agency rule-making proposal (MEMA)

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Turkish-Kurdish pipeline poker and Kurdistan's investment climate
By Stefanie Heerwig
Over the last three years or so, Iraqi Kurdistan has gained attention from international oil companies as a place to go when it comes to sweet crude deals. While Iraq's North has smaller reserves, it promises better contracting conditions with production-sharing contracts compared to the technical service agreements offered by Baghdad. The situation, however, is not as ideal as it sounds, and tensions between Baghdad and Erbil have been boiling and could even take an uncomfortable turn in response to a recent pipeline pact between Turkey and Kurdistan.
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High taxes, little competition, put Maine gas prices among nation's highest
The Morning Sentinel
Gasoline prices are rising again in Maine, after falling to a nearly three-year low earlier this month. On average, they're up about six cents over the past week. Prices are changing quickly, too. At some stations that were in price wars recently, prices have shot up 13 cents a gallon in recent days.
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