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December 3, 2012
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  • Maine town board to decide fate of LPG tank proposal next year
    The Searsport, Maine, Planning Board will meet Jan. 16 to decide whether DCP Midstream can build its proposed 138-foot-tall propane storage tank in the town. The board finished its public hearings on the proposal last week. Planning Board Chairman Bruce Probert said he doesn't expect the board's decision to be the last word, as the losing side will most likely appeal its case to state Superior Court. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • AAA warns drivers about potential engine damage from E15
    The Environmental Protection Agency should disallow the sale of a fuel blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, called E15, because it could damage engines made before 2012, according to AAA. The group said the engines of most vehicles on the road today can handle E10 but that the higher ethanol blend could be corrosive to engines. "There are no corrosive issues with E15. If there's an issue with E15, we're going to know about it and the EPA is going to know about it," said Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO. USA Today (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. regulator postpones decision on fracking
    A decision on whether to lift a ban on hydraulic fracturing in New York was delayed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The move came after the agency determined that it needed more time to assess the drilling technique's effects on public health, a DEC spokeswoman said. Reuters (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why outdoor living spaces can be a boon for landscape contractors
    Landscapers across the country are seeing increased interest in outdoor living areas -- from simple fire pits with seating to complete outdoor kitchens. To capitalize on the demand, Heart of Texas Landscape & Irrigation in Belton, Texas, exhibited at a home show, and marketed its services through visual media and an online campaign. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Va. city repulses vultures with propane cannons
    The Bedford, Va., Police Department is using propane cannons to get rid of about 300 unwanted vultures that have settled in the town. "We've had problems with them tearing up buildings. They get on top of buildings and pull the rubber off the building, causing leaks in the business roofs," said Lt. Todd Foreman. WDBJ-TV (Roanoke, Va.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BP works to end temporary ban on federal contracts
    BP is working to lift a temporary ban on federal contracts imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency because of the company's "lack of business integrity" regarding the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP said it remains in contact with the EPA and has submitted a document stating its responsibility and providing answers posed by the agency. The ban stands until BP can show "present responsibility" to do business with the U.S. government. Rigzone (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Five Benefits of Propane Autogas for Construction Pros
    The Propane Energy Update newsletter includes an article on propane autogas and the construction industry, with information for its truck fleet managers. Five Reasons Why Construction Pros Should Drive Trucks Fueled by Propane Autogas spells out how autogas beats the competition. The reasons: cost, fuel supply, environmental benefits, performance and product choices. Read the article. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • View PERC's Bobtail Rollover Safety Material
    Snow, ice and busy days can lead to accidents. Check out Preventing Bobtail Rollovers from the Propane Education & Research Council for ways to avoid this potentially deadly problem. PERC's material includes a video that can be viewed for free online, along with a brochure and quiz. Learn more about PERC's bobtail safety program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Jim Rogers will step down as Duke Energy CEO
    Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will step down next year in a deal with regulators relating to a controversy in which Duke's board ousted CEO Bill Johnson just hours after he took over the job during the summer. Duke hasn't admitted wrongdoing relating to its takeover of Progress Energy, which Johnson had led, but agreed to significant management restructuring as part of the settlement. "The whole saga has been a bit of a head-scratcher to begin with, and hopefully this is the end of it," said Paul Patterson, a utility analyst for Glenrock Associates. Indianapolis Business Journal/Bloomberg (11/30), The Wall Street Journal (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't let your meetings get stuck in the bike shed
    Too many high-level meetings fall prey to "bike-shedding" -- the notion that smart, powerful people will quickly sign off on important issues they barely understand but will spend hours arguing over trivial issues they think they understand, such as whether to build a bike shed. Avoid this trap by giving your team the information they need to make big decisions and shielding them from the small ones, advises Dan McCarthy. "If you’re the leader, exercise your decision making authority on the trivial stuff," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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