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December 18, 2012
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  • Energy firms to build pipeline to transport NGL from Colo. to Texas
    Enterprise Products, DCP Midstream and Anadarko Petroleum will build a 435-mile pipeline that will transport natural gas liquids including propane from northern Colorado to the Texas Panhandle. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. "The U.S. is a global competitor in the propane market, and the supplies for propane exist in good portions in Colorado, so there is that need to get it to the Gulf Coast," said Rick Rainey, Enterprise Products' vice president of public relations. The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Exec: U.S. to become energy exporter amid shale production
    The U.S. is poised to become a major energy exporter within the next few years because of the boom in shale oil and natural gas drilling, observers say. "That revolution is real," said Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil. "America suddenly has a 100-year supply of natural gas 'in the bank' and the world has 250 years -- thanks in part to breakthroughs in the technology that unlock hydrocarbons from tight rock and shale." IndustryWeek/Agence France-Presse (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ford to launch commercial van that can run on autogas, CNG
    Ford will unveil a new model of its commercial Transit Connect van next year with a 2.5-liter engine that can be converted by specialists to run on propane autogas or compressed natural gas. Aside from improved fuel efficiency, the van features more than 130 cubic feet of cargo space and can handle up to 1,600 pounds of payload, the company says. "This all-new cargo hauler offers entrepreneurs and fleet owners a unique combination of leading fuel efficiency, cargo capacity and maneuverability," said Ford's president of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs. The Daily News (Batavia, N.Y.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Training 
  • EPA imposes tougher standards on soot pollution
    The Environmental Protection Agency has approved tougher soot pollution standards for power plants and diesel engines, which were criticized by some lawmakers and industry groups as being too expensive. The rules "impose significant new economic burdens on many communities, hurting workers and their families," said Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., and other lawmakers. The standards "may be just the beginning of a 'regulatory cliff'" including looming greenhouse-gas and smog emission rules, the American Petroleum Institute said. Reuters (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Columbus Signs Up for Mower Incentive Program
    Columbus, Ohio, added 14 propane-fueled mowers to its municipal fleet after agreeing to participate in the Mower Incentive Program from the Propane Education & Research Council. Columbus will earn $1,000 from PERC for each mower it purchased, and the city must provide PERC with data about the use and performance of the mowers for one mowing season. Learn more about PERC's Mower Incentive Program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PropaneKids Connects With Customers
    Looking for a fast and easy way to stay in touch with customers during this busy time of year? Just go to Propanekids.com and click the "recommend" button at the bottom of the home page. You'll start receiving weekly posts to your Facebook page with helpful reminders, seasonal safety tips and fun family activities that you can share with your customers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Leadership tips for first-time bosses
    Many first-time bosses have delusions of "managerial grandeur," Amanda Pouchot writes. Instead of aiming to instantly become a superhero CEO, it's better to lower your expectations a little and focus on self-improvement and leadership development. "Learning to be a better manager comes from having time to experience and develop new skills. That seems obvious, but there are plenty of founders and first-time managers who have yet to realize it," Pouchot writes. CNNMoney/Fortune/You Can't Fire Everyone blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't rely on cookie-cutter leadership strategies
    Leadership shouldn't rely too much on uniform, "six steps to managing"-type leadership guides, says Karl Heiselman, CEO of Wolff Olins. Every employee is different, and bosses need to tailor their approaches to individual workers' needs. "[W]hen you're communicating with somebody ... you're trying to get the best work out of them. The way you do that is not the same for everybody," Heiselman says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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