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March 14, 2013
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  • Texas propane group promotes use of propane autogas
    The Propane Council of Texas is educating residents about the benefits of using propane autogas under its recently launched campaign called "Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas." The campaign includes a series of road shows and presentations reaching out to fleet operators. The group also launched, a website where fleet operators will find educational resources about the fuel along with the latest news on the propane industry. (3/11), NGT News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Clarkson sees significant increase in LPG exports through 2016
    Clarkson Capital Markets projects that exports of liquefied petroleum gas from the Persian Gulf will reach more than 45 million tons in 2016. Moreover, U.S. export capacity will increase from 5 million tons to 12 million tons in 2015, equity analyst Urs Dur said, "increasing market demand for the smaller, fully pressurized fleet globally." Bloomberg Businessweek (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drillers increase R&D spending to speed up U.S. production boom
    Baker Hughes, Halliburton and other oilfield services companies are increasing their spending on research and development in an effort to speed up the U.S. energy production boom, observers say. "From 2004 to 2012, the development of shales was basically, hit it with a big sledgehammer and see what comes out," said Richard Spears, vice president of Spears & Associates. "Now the question is who can do it the best and optimize the process. Shales aren't tube socks, a one-size-fits-all thing." The Wall Street Journal (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Shale gas production doesn't dramatically affect water quality
    Fluid used for hydraulic fracturing has not significantly affected contaminants in watersheds in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, conducted by nonprofit Resources for the Future, concluded that for every 18 well pads upstream, total suspended solids in watersheds increase by roughly 5%, while each upstream shale gas waste treatment facility increases chloride levels by about 7%. "There is now evidence that surface water has been affected by shale gas development along some pathways, and others not," said Lucija Muehlenbachs, one of the authors of the report. NGT News (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Chevron banks on feedstock advantage, downstream integration
    Chevron's petrochemical unit is enjoying a competitive advantage in North America and the Middle East because of its access to cheap natural gas feedstock. "Our ethylene cracking portfolio is entirely positioned in these two attractive regions," said Mike Wirth, executive vice president of Chevron's downstream and chemicals division. "We will maintain a focused and competitive portfolio, and selectively pursue growth in petrochemicals and lubricants," Wirth added. Platts (3/12), ICIS News (U.K.)/(subscription required) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Ala. police nab suspected propane tank thief
    A man in Mobile, Ala., was arrested March 5 after police said he stole 15 propane tanks from several businesses in the area. Cpl. Christopher Levy said incidents of propane tank theft happen across the U.S. "We are just trying to figure out where the propane tanks are going. And the thing about them is that most of them are full. They are not just taking empty ones from the side of the road or from people's residence ... but they're going to business places and taking full propane tanks," Levy said. WALA-TV (Mobile, Ala.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • LP5500 Propane Generator on Display at JLC Live
    The Generac LP5500 propane-fueled portable generator will be brought to market in April. Catch a preview of the LP5500 at the Propane Education & Research Council’s booth 436 at the JLC Live March 22 and 23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. Learn more about generators. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketer Technology Seminars Visit the South
    There will be several Marketer Technology and Sales Training seminars in the South and Southeast in the next few months: Charleston, W.Va., March 19; Prattville, Ala., April 4; Raleigh, N.C., May 7; and Eatonton, Ga., May 15. The classes cover residential programs, except for the May 15 seminar on autogas. Learn about these propane technology and sales training sessions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • The CEO sets the tone for employee communication
    Poor grammar, misspellings and punctuation mistakes in professional communications can damage your reputation, say Brenda Greene and Helen Cunningham, authors of "The Business Style Handbook." Strong writing skills are critical across all professions and all pay levels, they note. "That standard being set by the CEO should be adhered to by everyone in that organization," Cunningham said. USA Today (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How successful executives manage their time
    The best executives know how to organize their time into large chunks so they can make progress on big projects, Eric Barker writes, citing a book by management expert Peter Drucker. "If you’re just doing what comes in, you’re on the treadmill, not making a difference," Barker writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    A headline and summary in the March 13 PERC SmartBrief misspelled the name of the company Bergquist. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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