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As 2014 comes to a close, MEMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of MEMA Randoms a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7, 2015.

New DOT data reveals the top 10 most common violations at roadside inspections
MEMA
From April 23: New data released by the U.S. DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveals the 10 most frequently cited violations of federal hazardous material transportation regulations issued at routine roadside truck inspections. The data covers more than 154,000 roadside inspections performed in 2012 by the FMCSA. During this period roadside inspectors found more than 35,000 violations of federal regulations.
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Natural gas: A Fool's Gold rush?
Thayer Corporation
From Oct. 1: As the availability of natural gas becomes more widespread, a Fool's Gold rush has been created. Thayer Corporation has been and will remain fuel, technology and brand neutral as we offer some considerations when determining if switching to natural gas is in your best interest. The supply of natural gas in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the last decade, largely due to the use of fracking technology to improve yields from gas deposits embedded in shale rock formations.
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Maine family in fuel business born to deliver
Portland Press Herald
From Jan. 15: When it's 14 degrees and the wind is gusting to 25 mph, as it was recently, heat is a matter of survival in Maine. And despite trends to natural gas and other fuels, the primary heat source for 7 of 10 homes still arrives via an oil truck. Out here, in the hilly woodlands of western York County, a 68-year-old, family-run fuel company is trying to live up to its legacy during a winter that won't soon be forgotten.
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Summit Natural Gas 2014-2015 winter rates
From Oct. 1: Last year Summit Natural Gas claimed to have fixed their rates for 10 years. See just one year later the delivery charge increase, the commodity cost of gas increase and how this compares to oil heat.
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Con-Ed, National Grid and O&R tell interruptible customers to stop burning natural gas as cold weather approaches
American Energy Coalition
From Jan. 8: In a time when natural gas utilities throughout the northeast are asking state governments to help them extend gas mains and expand natural gas access to more homeowners; they do so with full knowledge that interstate pipelines in place today are inadequate to supply their natural gas needs during cold winter days and nights. Nearly four days ahead of a forecast cold snap, three natural gas utilities are notifying their "Interruptible Customers" to stop burning natural gas as of a specific day and hour.
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13 investigation uncovers dozens of natural gas leaks; locations not public
WGME-TV
From May 21: A CBS 13 investigation uncovers dozens of underground natural gas leaks in the Portland area. Our investigation comes two weeks after a natural gas leak forced people to evacuate several buildings in Portland's Bayside neighborhood. We're digging into documents and reports filed with state regulators to fully understand the scope of the leaks. Gas utility companies are required to file a monthly leak report with the Public Utilities Commission. The most recent one from Unitil shows the company has a backlog of 75 leaks waiting to be fixed.
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Letter: Summit needs to keep promises
The Forecaster
From Nov. 5: I was skeptical when a representative from Summit Natural Gas said I would have gas by Nov. 1, but I decided to put my faith in the company. After all, they were generating excitement and taking pictures with community leaders. Surely, they would keep their commitment. I, like everyone else, received the emails with reports of progress in my town. I even received a letter at some point saying Summit was on track for Nov. 1. Momentarily, I felt relief.
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For 2014, gas pipeline scaled back in Falmouth
The Forecaster
From June 18: A spokesman for Summit Natural Gas on Tuesday confirmed that despite its original plans, the company will not lay pipeline west of Interstate 295 in Falmouth this year. But he said the company's piping plans elsewhere in the region are intact for 2014.
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Natural gas bonanza has a downside
Portland Press Herald
From Jan. 22: The arrival of natural gas as a major player in the Kennebec Valley last year has created hardships for the region's sewer and water districts. The Augusta district, for example, responded to nearly 3,000 requests to mark underground lines, about five times more than the year before.
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Science shows crude from oil sands no riskier than conventional crude
Portland Press Herald (By Jamie Py)
From March 5: Maine has endured a great deal of winter this winter. No one is more familiar with the challenges of winter weather than the 350 members of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, who work every day to ensure we all have dependable access to the energy we need to heat our homes and power our economy.
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