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October 26, 2012
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  • Mid-Atlantic, Northeast residents brace for Sandy
    National Weather Service projections show that Hurricane Sandy will likely hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast as early as Sunday. Safety officials are encouraging residents to take precautions, such as removing propane tanks from grills and securing loose outdoor furniture inside garages or sheds. Those in flood-prone or coastal areas should consider relocating, as the storm surge combined with a full moon could cause flooding. Patch.com/Matawan and Aberdeen, N.J. (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Review: Autogas van performs like gasoline-powered ones
    Michael Bates at NGT News recently test-drove a Ford E-350 van converted by Roush CleanTech to run on propane autogas. He said the van's performance during the test-drive at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., was very close to that of gasoline-powered vans. The van "did not mind a stiff stomp on the pedal to see how the vehicle picked up, and it responded pretty much as one would expect from a four-ton van: no whiplash, but no bogging down, either," Bates writes. NGT News (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wood-pellet demand rises as home-heating costs spike
    A growing number of Americans are turning to wood pellets as home-heating costs continue to rise, according to National Geographic. According to Census Bureau estimates, 2.47 million households across the U.S. used wood for heating in 2011, a significant increase from 1.87 million in 2005. National Geographic News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • McGraw-Hill: Construction starts to reach $483.7B in 2013
    The overall value of construction starts in 2013 is projected to be $483.7 billion, up 6% from this year, according to McGraw-Hill Construction. "The pattern of construction starts seems to be in a balancing act, where gains for a few project types are offset by declines for other project types," said MHC Chief Economist Robert Murray. Engineering News-Record (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • BASF looks to shale gas as a cost reducer
    Keeping feedstock costs down is a priority for BASF, and shale natural gas might become more important to that goal, says BASF CEO Kurt Bock. "We have now to take a deeper dive to see essentially what could be investment opportunities in the area of shale gas in North America," he said. Bloomberg (10/25), Bloomberg (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Propane-tank plans still worry Pa. school district
    Wilson Oil and Propane's plan to build a 30,000-gallon propane storage facility in Nether Providence, Pa., still faces opposition from a local school official, despite major changes in the original plan. The company now plans to install a subterranean propane facility instead of the originally planned aboveground tank. The company already provided necessary details about the project's safety, but Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board President Vincent Marriott insists the project still poses safety risks. Delaware County Daily Times (Primos, Pa.) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA is urged to order disclosure of chemicals in drilling
    The Environmental Protection Agency should require energy firms to report chemical releases from drilling to the Toxics Release Inventory, environmentalists said. Oil and natural gas wellhead activities are excluded from the rule, which applies to refineries, coal mining operations and other industrial plants. "An oil and gas well isn't a massive industrial facility, and underground injection of waste water, which is already regulated under a different federal law, does not constitute a hazardous 'release' into the environment," Energy In Depth said in response to the petition. FuelFix.com (10/24), Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Hurricane Safety Material Available from PERC
    Propane retailers along the East Coast that may be impacted by Hurricane Sandy can use the free Propane Safety and Hurricanes brochure and online module to help customers prepare for weather-related problems. Both are available in Spanish and English, and can be downloaded and printed, or copied and e-mailed to customers. Visit PERC's safety page to access the material. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PERC Updates Online Energy Cost Calculator
    The Propane Education & Research Council has updated its Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator online tool for construction professionals. The Cost Calculator quickly compares the one-year cost of operating a propane-fueled furnace or water heating system and measures it against a comparable system that uses heating oil or electricity. Check out the Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Companies should communicate like humans
    Leaders should use authentic, down-to-earth language and insist that their communications team do the same, writes Rod Sweet. Stuffy, ostentatious language and an over-reliance on corporate buzzwords get in the way of direct communication and turn off your customers, Sweet warns. "Make your sentences so short, naked and plain that it hurts," he advises. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strategy tips from "Ghostbusters"
    Black swan events transform the familiar into something new and scary, much like the way a fond childhood memory became a giant marshmallow-man monster in the movie "Ghostbusters," writes Mike Brown. That realization can help you to anticipate problems by mapping out how the most secure aspects of your business could potentially go wrong, Brown explains. BrainZooming.com (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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