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January 2, 2013
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  • Protesters still block Canadian National Railway's spur line
    Members of aboriginal group Aamjiwnaang First Nation continue to block Canadian National Railway's spur line in Sarnia, Ontario, in a bid to push a meeting between First Nation leaders and the government. The blockade, which started Dec. 21, has disrupted supplies of propane and other petrochemical products in Canada. The Canadian Propane Association has since been pushing the government to peacefully end the blockade. Sun News (Canada) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Homebuilder expects 12% rise in cost of roofing materials
    The prices of basic construction materials to build homes are rising, according to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America. "Our roofing supplier tells us to expect a 12% rise, while insulation is expected to go up 7% percent," said Steve Fink of Paragon Homes in the Pittsburgh area. "January and February is typically when building material price increases are announced." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Group expects shale to boost chemical industry in 2013
    The U.S. chemical sector could grow in 2013 despite wider economic uncertainty because of the cost advantages provided by shale natural gas, according to the American Chemistry Council's year-end report. "Favorable oil-to-gas price ratios driven by the production of natural gas from shale will drive a renewed U.S. competitiveness that will boost exports and fuel greater domestic involvement, economic growth and job creation with the business of chemistry," ACC said. ICIS News (U.K.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Residents encouraged to purchase newer space heaters
    Officials at the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department in Montana are encouraging homeowners to update their portable space heaters this season to avoid fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Officials also remind residents not to use propane space heaters designed for outdoor use inside the house. KBZK-TV (Bozeman, Mont.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safety remains an industry focus, incoming SPE president says
    Oil and natural gas drilling safety continues to be a priority of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the energy industry, said Egbert Imomoh, incoming SPE president. "We want our members, and all workers in the industry, to go to work and come back in one piece. We organize and attend lots of conferences on this subject because it is the foundation of our industry," Imomoh said. FuelFix.com (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Space Heater Safety is Right for Cold Weather
    Colder weather means it's time for marketers to share with customers season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The "Using Space Heaters Safely" module provides tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in a few minutes. View the module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Farm Incentive Program Launched
    The Propane Education & Research Council has launched the Propane Farm Incentive Program, a nationwide research and demonstration initiative in which farmers can receive more than $4,000 toward the purchase of new propane-fueled irrigation engines. About 40% of U.S. farms use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings and dry and process crops. Visit the Propane Farm Incentive Program to learn more and see a list of eligible equipment. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wise words: 10 things managers must say
    Business leaders need 10 words or phrases if they want to be effective managers, among them: "No," "Tell me more," and "What do you think?" says Jason Henham, managing director of Slate Consulting. "The right words have the potential to be transformational," Henham says. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them."
--Rose Kennedy,
American philanthropist


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