MEMA Randoms
Oct. 16, 2013

South Portland councilors oppose waterfront ordinance
Bangor Daily News
Both sides in the debate over a proposed Waterfront Protection Ordinance are taking steps to make their positions more attractive to city voters. Five of seven City Councilors, meanwhile, announced their opposition to the WPO, which they believe is a poorly worded attempt to keep Canadian tar-sands oil from being delivered via pipeline to tankers in South Portland.More

Maine's Petroleum Market-Economics, Technology and Transportation
In partnership with E2Tech, MEMA invites you to join us at Maine's Petroleum Market: Economics, Technology & Transportation Oct. 24 in Portland.More

Resident has stake in city
South Portland Sentry
Letter to the editor: I have no stake in the waterfront from a business standpoint, but I do have a stake in our fine city. I pay property taxes. I just read the Waterfront Protection Ordinance. I read section 4 several times just so I would understand it. It can be interpreted several ways but what it boils down to is "there shall be no enlargement or expansion of existing petroleum . . . facilities . . . in the Shipyard District . ." from section 4(a).More

5 on South Portland council reject oil initiative
Portland Press Herald
Five city councilors announced their opposition to the Waterfront Protection Ordinance, the controversial citizen initiative meant to ban the potential handling of so-called Canadian tar sands petroleum at oil terminals in South Portland. The letter was signed by Alan Livingston, Michael Pock, Melissa Linscott, Linda Cohen and Gerard Jalbert.More

Planning board member urges a no vote Nov. 5
South Portland Sentry
How South Portlanders want to govern themselves will be decided by the vote on the Waterfront Protection Ordinance in November. There is no imminent threat of tar sands coming through South Portland. Why do we need an ordinance created by outsiders to tell us how to solve this problem? We can and should do this ourselves.More

Impact of the federal government shutdown on EIA
U.S. Energy Information Administration
As a result of the lapse in appropriations for the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the website and our social media channels will not be updated after 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 11. Transactions submitted via the website might not be processed until appropriations are enacted; databases might not be available; and we will not be able to respond to inquiries.More

National parks hit by shutdown still open for drilling
E&E Daily
The image is tailor-made to stoke fury over the shuttered government: drillers pulling oil and gas from beneath national parkland that citizens are barred from entering. But what greens decry as painful fallout from the shutdown is happening on a smaller scale than some have argued.More

Iran urged to build Pakistan side of gas pipeline
Pakistan has asked Iran to construct the Pakistani side of the gas pipeline as well because international sanctions were preventing Islamabad from raising funds for this project, said an official statement issued. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who conveyed this message to his Iranian counterpart Ali Tayyebnia at a meeting in Washington, D.C., also urged him to help remove the restrictions that prevented better trade ties between the two countries.More

Contract transparency: A win-win situation
By Stefanie Heerwig
Contract transparency is increasingly advocated as a tool to achieve good governance in the extractive industries around the globe. Those opposing contract transparency argue that if the practice is not implemented consistently, nontransparent companies will have an advantage to transparent ones, and nontransparent countries will attract more investment compared to transparent ones. But, first of all, what does contract transparency mean and how is it supposed to bring about good governance? And, more importantly, are there reasons for companies to support contract transparency?More

Bullish on US oil and gas
Forty years ago this month, OPEC slammed the door on oil exports to the U.S. That was the original inspiration for the push for U.S. energy independence. Today's Syrian conflict is keeping the pressure on the U.S. to stay focused on building energy reserves. Thus, U.S. exploration and production companies are shedding assets abroad and deploying capital at home. Domestic crude production is at 25-year highs. In 2014, it's expected to rise to 8.4 million barrels a day, from 7.8 million this year.More

VeriFone & National Payment Card Association launch mobile solution
Convenience Store News
VeriFone Systems Inc. and National Payment Card Association are partnering to launch a new mobile payment and rewards solution that lets convenience store and petroleum retailers offer customers smartphone-based payment options at the pump.More