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December 20, 2012
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  • Ohio city considers converting public vehicles to autogas
    The city of Avon Lake, Ohio, is looking at converting nine of its vehicles next year to run on both propane autogas and gasoline. The city also plans to build a propane autogas filling station, which initially would serve the city's police cruisers. Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch has been pushing for the proposal since 2010, saying the move would help the city reduce costs, slash environmental emissions and increase engine life. Patch.com/Avon Lake, Ohio (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Alliance AutoGas expands reach, adds Mich. firm to network
    Alliance AutoGas expanded its reach across the U.S. as it added Michigan-based Crystal Flash to its network. As a new member, Crystal Flash will help fleet operators in the state convert their vehicles to propane autogas and conduct safety training. "We are incredibly excited to join the growing network of Alliance AutoGas dealers. The ability to offer current and new customers such an effective, efficient and green alternative fuel will help Crystal Flash continue to grow," said David Dykstra, commercial sales manager for Crystal Flash. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Texas regulator notes sharp rise in Oct. Eagle Ford Shale production
    Production from the Eagle Ford Shale formation in Texas rose 76% to 323,098 barrels of crude a day in October, compared with 183,261 barrels a day in the same month last year, according to the Texas Railroad Commission. EOG Resources is the formation's biggest leaseholder with 644,000 net acres, followed by Chesapeake Energy with 475,000 net acres. Bloomberg (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Survey confirms BP's capped Macondo well is not leaking
    BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico remains intact, an underwater survey carried out by BP and Transocean confirmed. The survey was performed to determine the source of an oil sheen spotted near the well. Inspections focused on the capped well, the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon rig and the surrounding sea floor. Rigzone/Dow Jones Newswires (12/18) 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. Find this on the Consumer Safety materials page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Farm Incentive Program Launched
    The Propane Education & Research Council has launched the Propane Farm Incentive Program, a nationwide research and demonstration initiative in which farmers can receive more than $4,000 toward the purchase of new propane-fueled irrigation engines. About 40% of U.S. farms use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings and dry and process crops. Visit the Propane Farm Incentive Program to learn more and see a list of eligible equipment. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How to lead your team when tragedy strikes
    President Barack Obama offered real leadership in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, writes Scott Eblin, both by making heartfelt public statements and by traveling to Connecticut to be with the victims' families. "There will be times, as a leader and as a human being, when words fail you," Eblin writes. "It's at those times that being there for those in need is all you can do." EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meet the worst CEO of 2012
    Plenty of CEOs made big mistakes in 2012, from Zynga chief Mark Pincus to Chesapeake Energy's Aubrey McClendon, writes Sydney Finkelstein. Worst of the lot, though, was Best Buy's Brian Dunn, whose numerous strategic missteps were finally overshadowed by a career-ending sex scandal. "Under his tenure, Best Buy’s share price declined more than 30 percent, with much of that occurring in the last two weeks of his leadership," Finkelstein writes. The Washington Post (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."
--Nathaniel Hawthorne,
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