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October 31, 2012
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  • Pa. DEP gives safety tips on disposing of storm debris
    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reminds residents to store propane tanks, heating oil tanks, electronic equipment and other items that were affected by the flooding in a dry and safe location. The agency also said homeowners can remove storm debris from nearby creeks and streams without obtaining a permit. "The hurricane affected us all in some way, and DEP is helping homeowners and businesses assure a safe and effective cleanup by offering guidance," said DEP Secretary Mike Krancer. WHP-TV (Harrisburg, Pa.) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Small-engine fuel could end ethanol problems for lawn equipment
    A special fuel for small engines from VP Racing Fuels could end the issues that outdoor power equipment faces with gasoline that contains ethanol. The three fuel blends from VP could be a better alternative than stabilizers because ethanol problems don't even get a chance to occur, according to VP. "Fuel is a component that needs to be chosen just as carefully by engine manufacturers as a cylinder head design," VP CEO Steve Burns says. EquipmentWorld.com/The Construction Blog (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Rapid NGL production can hurt U.S. shale development
    The U.S. energy industry's rush to capitalize on wet shale formations, which yield high contents of natural gas liquids, has resulted in oversupply and weak market prices for NGLs such as propane, ethane and butane. This could eventually take its toll on the country's efforts to develop shale resources as energy producers scale back on developing huge wet shale formations. However, analysts predict that the NGL market will regain balance by 2015 as new petrochemical facilities open up to boost NGL demand. Oil & Gas Journal (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gulf drillers use seawater injections to boost oil recovery
    Chevron and other energy firms are using seawater injections to extract more oil in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, experts say. "It's one of the most important things we do in terms of improving oil recovery and extending the life of these wells, in some cases by a decade or more," said Mukul Sharma, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Chevron expects the life of its Tahiti project in the Gulf to be extended by 10 years because of the injections. FuelFix.com (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sandy shuts down chemical facilities, Marcellus rigs
    Many East Coast chemical facilities, refineries and drilling sites curtailed or shut down operations ahead of superstorm Sandy's arrival Monday. "The good thing is that from a production standpoint, the storm shouldn't have any impact," said Cabot Oil & Gas spokesman George Stark, about Marcellus drilling. "But from a drilling standpoint, it will." ICIS News (U.K.) (10/29), UpstreamOnline.com (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Propane-Fueled Bobtail Webinar Available
    The webinar on the soon-to-be-released Freightliner bobtail truck fueled with propane autogas is available from the Propane Education & Research Council. Visit Propane Delivering Propane for the 40-minute webinar that featured a presentation from Freightliner on its new S2G chassis. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Squad Car Totaled but Propane Autogas Tank Holds Strong
    First, this sheriff's department found that filling its cruisers with propane autogas saved it about $100,000 a year in fueling costs. Then the department learned about the safety benefits of propane autogas fuel tanks, Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, writes in his latest Beyond the Backyard blog post. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Build a better board through social media
    Better due diligence and renewed commitment are crucial as companies seek to improve the quality of their boards and corporate governance, Mark Rogers writes. One step to a better board is to use social networks, including LinkedIn, as a first step in finding candidates rather than as a last-ditch background check. "Your search does not have to revolve around the connections of your executives and fellow board members," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Superstar CEOs are overrated
    Companies should stop trying to hire "superstar" CEOs when seeking a turnaround, write Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere. It's far better to hire internal candidates -- known quantities who understand what the company needs to succeed. "The CEO so talented that he or she can step into any company and turn it around, or push profit to new heights, is so rare as to be nonexistent," Elson and Ferrere warn. The Wall Street Journal (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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