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December 6, 2012
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  • PERC chief OKs grant to help Sandy victims in N.Y., N.J.
    Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, has approved a grant of $25,000 each for the New York and New Jersey propane associations to help in their relief efforts for victims of superstorm Sandy. "The industry across the country responded to help ensure that propane service was available, not disrupted, and that we had the capability to handle the surge in demand that occurred. The industry should be proud of the role it played in helping the citizens respond to the storm," Willis said. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane industry goes into action to assist storm victims: Propane marketers across the U.S. went into action to help the victims of superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey by providing fuel for shelters and generators. Propane companies and associations including Como Oil & Propane, Eastern Propane, the Propane Gas Association of New England and the New York Propane Gas Association were at the forefront of relief operations to bring heat and power to those affected by the storm. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • N.C. county approves conversion of cruisers to propane autogas
    The Sampson County, N.C., Board of Commissioners this week approved a proposal by Parker Gas to convert 24 sheriff's cruisers to run on propane autogas. Representatives from the Raleigh, N.C., Police Department told how their department was reaping the benefits of using propane autogas. "Everyone who thinks about propane thinks it's so dangerous. It's a safe fuel. It requires respect, yes, but the fueling process is as safe as gasoline. ... This is not new technology; it's not something that has been thrown out here haphazardly. It's been tested," said Parker Gas co-owner David Parker. The Sampson Independent (Clinton, N.C.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gas production increased in Lower 48 in Sept., EIA says
    Energy companies operating in the Lower 48 states produced 73.05 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in September, up from 72.60 billion cubic feet per day of gas in August, according to the Energy Information Administration. The increase comes as drillers reported new wells in several shale formations including the Marcellus Shale, the report stated. SNL Financial (free content) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • ONEOK nixes plan to build Bakken oil pipeline in Wyo.
    ONEOK Partners has withdrawn its plan to build a 1,300-mile pipeline in Wyoming that would have transported 200,000 gallons of oil per day from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota after it failed to get sufficient long-term deals for the project. "We still believe the Bakken Crude Express has a competitive advantage over other competing projects due to its proximity to the route of our Bakken NGL Pipeline currently under construction and other ONEOK Partners natural gas liquids pipeline corridors," said ONEOK President Terry Spencer. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EIA: Fracking helps U.S. post 15-year high in crude oil production
    U.S. crude oil production in September soared to a 15-year high, spurred by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, according to the Energy Information Administration. The country produced 6.5 million barrels per day in September, 900,000 barrels per day more than the output in the same period last year, the agency said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Industry project details scope of Arctic spill response studies
    A joint industry program made up of several oil majors, including ExxonMobil and Chevron, will continue to research offshore spill response technologies for Arctic exploration projects, speakers said during the Arctic Technology Conference. Mechanical recovery, remote sensing, in-situ burning and dispersants are among the items for research. Oil & Gas Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • New Brochure Details Free Training for Builders
    A free brochure on continuing education credits is designed for local builders. The brochure from the Propane Education & Research Council highlights online courses that cover such topics as installation, products, applications and propane's environmental advantages. Most of the courses are available either as an on-demand webinar or in the PDF format. The brochure can be downloaded from this page on the Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Autogas Safety Program Now Available
    A new two-part safety program on propane autogas is available. The free program from the Propane Education & Research Council includes a 12-page booklet and a PowerPoint presentation that can be shown to emergency responders, fleet managers, school leaders and community groups. Download the PDF booklet "Propane Autogas: A Safe, Economical, and Environmentally Friendly Option for Fleet Vehicles." Download the "Propane Autogas: Resources" PowerPoint presentation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How a ski instructor became Volkswagen's rising star
    Former motorcycle racer and ski instructor Wolfgang Durheimer is seen as a potential future chief of Volkswagen, with colleagues citing his encyclopedic grasp of automotive engineering and his crisp, direct leadership style. Durheimer was recently elevated to head of research and development for Audi, seen as a key position for future VW leaders. "He will play a significant role in the next couple of years," predicts one company insider. Forbes (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can Ford find a way to rev up Lincoln?
    Ford is no longer willing to invest in exclusive engineering for its Lincoln cars, so it's having to find other ways to elevate the brand. So far, Ford has used marketing gimmicks such as overnight test drives, and gifts of wine and jewelry for buyers. "[T]he challenge will be to create some buzz around Lincoln that will enable it to rise above its pedestrian engineering roots," writes Alex Taylor III. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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