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January 10, 2013
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  • Propane autogas is poised for wider adoption this year
    The new year brings much promise for propane autogas, as the fuel is expected to gain stronger traction in various markets, including the corporate, transportation and education sectors, observers say. Last year, a number of companies placed sizable orders for autogas-fueled vehicles and deployed autogas fleets on the road. The numbers are expected to grow this year, especially after the extension of two tax credits that incentivize alternative-fuel adoption. NGT News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Market Intelligence 
  • EIA: U.S. propane inventories decline by 1.1 million barrels
    U.S. propane inventories took a dive last week by 1.1 million barrels and settled at 65.57 million barrels, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Supplies in the Midwest registered the biggest decline, of 1.51 million barrels, the report showed. Platts (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shale boom pulls U.S. propane prices down
    The surge in U.S. shale energy production has started to pull propane prices down because of excessive supply. The commodity's price difference with natural gas has reached its narrowest level in two years. A "near-record mild 2011-2012 winter and the sharp increase in NGL-targeted drilling has led to very high propane storage levels and more than a 50% contraction in the NGL-to-Henry Hub price ratio," market analyst Steve Smith said in a report. Platts/The Barrel blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Energy firm successfully taps shale gas using pure liquid propane
    Houston-based eCorp Stimulation Technologies was able to extract shale resources from the Eagle Ford play in Frio County, Texas, using pure liquid propane during a field demonstration. The operation did not use any other chemicals aside from liquid propane. "This represents [the company's] first step in demonstrating that there are non-aqueous alternatives to stimulating a shale reservoir. By utilizing propane, a fluid that originates in oil and gas reservoirs, we are minimizing damage in the reservoir while eliminating the need for any water usage and handling of water waste streams," said Johnny Kopecky, eCorp's vice president of international operations. LPGasMagazine.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. set record in 2011 for natural gas output, EIA says
    Natural gas production in the U.S. increased by 6.2% in 2011 from the year before, for a record of 28.5 trillion cubic feet, according to the Energy Information Administration. Output from shale reserves increased 46%, to 8.5 trillion cubic feet, with shale accounting for 30% of all natural gas production. Bloomberg (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Metal roofs can complicate firefighters' jobs, fire officials say
    Metal roofs installed atop asphalt layers can make firefighting more difficult, according to Chautauqua County, N.Y., fire officials. The additional, tougher material makes it harder for firefighters to cut through a roof, said Julius Leone, the county's fire coordinator. "Tin roofs hold in the heat. A normal shingle roof would burn through a lot quicker. When crews go inside with a tin roof, it's a lot hotter. We have saws to cut through it, but it is harder," said Stephen Pacanowski, fire chief of Westfield, N.Y. The Observer (Dunkirk, N.Y.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • New Propane MaRC Open for Business
    The Propane Education & Research Council launched an updated version of its online Propane Marketer Resource Catalog, or Propane MaRC. The new MaRC lists nearly 1,000 items, with more than 700 free photos, brochures, handouts and other materials that can be downloaded. Visit the new Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E-learning Safety Programs More Convenient, Accessible
    Six e-learning safety programs from the Propane Education & Research Council have been updated to conform to 2012 NFPA 54 and 2011 NFPA 58 and are available on interactive computer-based DVDs. Each can be ordered for $22 through the Propane MaRC. The programs include Basic Principles & Practices of Propane, Propane Delivery Operations and Cylinder Delivery, and Bobtail Delivery Operations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
 
  • Why smart bosses start book clubs
    One way to foster engagement is to ask your entire team to read a particular business or management tome, writes Baron Christopher Hanson. Turning your company into a reading group gives you a chance to understand employees better and allows them to share their passions and ideas more freely. "Everyone in the company is guaranteed to have something in common to talk about going forward," Hanson writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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