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December 4, 2012
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  • Star Energy acquires Siouxland Propane division
    Star Energy has agreed to buy the propane and heating and cooling division of Siouxland Propane for an undisclosed amount. Siouxland Propane services about 5,000 residential and commercial customers in Iowa and South Dakota. Star Energy is a subsidiary of Growmark. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Alliance AutoGas welcomes new partner in Ga.
    Alliance AutoGas has added Georgia-based Cumberland Gas to its network. "Partnering with Alliance AutoGas is a great opportunity to educate the public on the advantages of utilizing this domestic clean fuel in a variety of fleet applications. Fleet operators are afforded the opportunity to experience substantial fuel cost savings by converting to propane autogas, and we are excited to spread this message," said Daniel Minckler, Cumberland's vice president of operations. NGT News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Storm recovery equipment flies out of stores in N.Y., Conn.
    Ahead of Hurricane Sandy, sales of generators and other emergency equipment in areas of New York and Connecticut were brisk. Now, it's demand for chainsaws and other equipment to help recover from the storm. Rentals for big items such as chippers and log-splitters have been steady as residents remove tree debris, said Bill Keogh, owner of Keogh's Hardware in Fairfield County, Conn., N.Y) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Housing is starting to look like a good investment
    The U.S. housing market is beginning to make its long-awaited recovery and a whole new generation of investors is looking for ways to make a profit from it, according to The Economist. "As a trade, buying houses is the polar opposite of what made hedge funds rich from 2007; it is a bullish bet which eschews complex financial products," the magazine notes. "It is also far less racy: a 7% yield is hardly the stuff of investment lore, even if greater profits may come." The Economist (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Energy Dept. makes case for further shale research
    The federal government needs to support additional unconventional oil and natural gas research and development despite early breakthroughs, a Department of Energy official told a House subcommittee. "Unconventional resources are much larger in volume than are our conventional resource stores," said Anthony Cugini, director of the department's National Energy Technology Laboratory. "These resources, however, generally exist in more geologically complex settings or in more remote or environmentally sensitive areas, and require more intensive production methods." Oil & Gas Journal (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • NTSB investigators on the scene of N.J. train derailment
    Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene of a Friday train derailment in New Jersey that resulted in the release of hazardous materials. Close to 50 homes were evacuated following the accident. In their initial review, federal investigators said that train crews had reported signal issues. "We are looking very closely at that," said Debbie Hersman, chairman of the NTSB. Conrail, the owner of the tracks, is assisting those displaced with hotel rooms and vouchers. The Philadelphia Inquirer (12/3), The Washington Post (12/2), The Wall Street Journal (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Bobtail Drivers Keep the Propane Industry Rolling
    The bobtail driver is the backbone of the propane industry. This article paints a picture of the dedication put in every working day by the men and women who make sure propane's many customers have the fuel they rely on for their homes and businesses. We Make House Calls is a tribute to the drivers from Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Share PERC's Flood Safety Material With Customers
    Floods happen nationwide with water developing over several days, or occurring quickly with rain and melt water gathering to impact the safe operation of propane equipment. The Propane Education & Research Council offers a brochure, interactive module and list of 10 things to do to ensure a family stays safe when a flood happens. Visit the PERC Consumer Safety information page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • The CEO who started in a gang
    ViSalus Sciences CEO Ryan Blair is an ex-gang member who spent time in jail before finding his feet in the business world -- and he says the experience has made him a better boss. Among the lessons he learned: Don't let people take small liberties with you, or they'll decide you're a pushover. "The same thing goes on in business. ... You have to stand up for yourself and your principles," he says. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
It is astonishing what force, purity and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods."
--Margaret Fuller,
American journalist and women's rights activist

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