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January 4, 2013
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  • Court ruling ends blockade at Canadian National's spur line
    Members of Aamjiwnaang First Nation peacefully ended their protest at Canadian National Railway's spur line near Sarnia, Ontario, on Wednesday after a court authorized police to dismantle the blockade. The protest lasted for almost two weeks, disrupting shipments of propane and other petrochemical products to eastern Canada. (Canada) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • "Fiscal cliff" deal extends tax credits for alternative fuels
    The deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" contains extensions of tax credits for alternative fuels. The alternative fuels excise tax credit, which provided 50 cents per gallon for fuels such as propane autogas and compressed natural gas, has been extended through the end of 2013 and applied retroactively. Additionally, a tax credit of up to 30% of the cost of installing fueling infrastructure was extended. "We think 2013 is going to be a big year for autogas," said Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer for the Propane Education & Research Council. NGT News (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Menards teams up with Icom to convert 140 trucks to autogas
    Menards has teamed up with Icom North America to convert 140 Ford F-150 trucks to propane autogas. The trucks will be used at 36 Menards home improvement stores in Wisconsin and Illinois. "We're glad to be advancing our company forward into this growing market since propane is a cleaner burning fuel and less expensive, so it's a win-win for everyone," said Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. firm receives grant to buy LPG-powered trucks
    California's Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee has awarded $100,000 to Final Assembly to purchase four trucks that run on liquefied petroleum gas. The grant was part of the agency's Near-Zero Emission Medium Duty and Medium-Heavy-Duty Vehicle program, which aims to curb tailpipe emissions. The company already operates two propane autogas-fueled vehicles. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Muscle car runs on propane autogas
    Propane Edge Group and Rapid Line are among the companies that made propane autogas powerful enough to fuel a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, according to Hot Rod magazine. PEG supplied the fuel-delivery system, while Rapid Line's software was used to build the suspension and other parts of the muscle car. Hot Rod Magazine online (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research & Development 
  • New technologies reshape oil, gas drilling landscape
    Advancements in drilling technology such as Royal Dutch Shell's Noble Bully 1 are helping energy firms tap oil and natural gas in areas previously deemed inaccessible, observers note. The 30,270-ton Bully is equipped with next generation digital technologies that help Shell increase efficiency and safety in drilling at a cheaper cost. "Since I started out, the water has gotten deeper, the wells have gotten deeper and the technology has gotten much more challenging," said David Loeb, the company's deepwater operations manager in the Gulf of Mexico. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • N.Y. health officials considered fracking safe, document shows
    New York state's Health Department concluded in early 2012 that hydraulic fracturing operations could be done safely in the state, according to a leaked document. "By implementing the proposed mitigation measures, the Department expects that human chemical exposures during normal [fracking] operations will be prevented or reduced below levels of significant health concern," according to the document. State Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said the analysis is old and will be updated. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Winter Storms Safety Materials Available
    Help your customers prepare for and react to snowstorms with safety material from the Propane Education & Research Council. The Winter Storms material includes a brochure, a 10 Things You Can Do handout, and an interactive module in English and Spanish. PERC also offers a High Snowfall Areas brochure. All the material is available for free on PERC's Consumer Safety page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Offers Choice to Builders of Multitenant Projects
    Propane allows builders of multitenant projects to opt to have individual meters installed for each unit, an advantage over projects using heating oil, the December issue of Propane Energy Update reports. Marketers should approach these builders early in the development process to discuss the benefits of propane. Read Measurable Returns for Rental Owners and Builders. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty
    Henry Knox, the American revolutionary general, wasn't averse to leading from the front lines, writes Michael Friesen. Before the pivotal battle at Yorktown in 1781, Knox took command of artillery pieces, knowing that the guns' performance would be critical to his army's fate. "A great leader will have a finely tuned ability to delegate but must resist the temptation to abdicate," Friesen notes. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests that CEOs with MBAs perform better
    About 40% of S&P 500 CEOs have MBAs, but research suggests that if you look only at the index's 10 worst performers, the MBA rate drops to just 20%. That, Francesca Di Meglio writes, suggests that while raw talent may be enough to carry leaders to the top of their profession, a sound business education can help once they reach the corner office. Bloomberg Businessweek/Getting In blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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