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March 12, 2013
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  • CHS will invest millions in propane terminal expansion
    CHS will undertake an $18 million expansion of its propane terminal network in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The company said it is part of efforts to mitigate the potential impact of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' decision to reallocate a pipeline that ships propane from Canada to the U.S. "We are exploring multiple options within each market area ... including expanding existing CHS terminals, building new terminals and growing our relationships with our industry partners," said Drew Combs, vice president of propane for CHS. The company's expansion project is expected to be completed next year. LPGasMagazine.com (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Farmers co-op in Iowa joins Alliance AutoGas
    Iowa-based farmers group Key Cooperative recently announced its decision to join the growing network of Alliance AutoGas. As an alliance member, Key Cooperative will coordinate vehicle conversions in Iowa and provide propane autogas to fleets that will be converted to run on propane autogas. "Joining Alliance AutoGas has enabled us to provide the community with the most viable fuel for powering fleets through a no-hassle program," said Lynn Sheets, Key Cooperative's petroleum department manager. NGT News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Green buildings offer a wide range of benefits
    Green buildings can offer benefits to a wide array of stakeholders throughout their life cycle, according to a report released by the World Green Building Council. "From risk mitigation across a building portfolio and city-wide economic benefits, to the improved health and well-being of individual building occupants, the business case for green building will continue to evolve as markets mature," said Jane Henley, CEO of WorldGBC. Daily Commercial News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Energy exec explains real driver of shale oil, gas boom
    Multistage hydraulic fracturing along horizontal well segments is responsible for the shale oil and natural gas production boom in the U.S., said George Kaiser, chairman of Kaiser-Francis Oil. "In the past, you put pipe in the hole, shoved hydraulic treatment in it and hoped it went in the right space. You typically got one or two of your segments treated," Kaiser said. "Now we're drilling 12 to 48 segments." The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Firefighters train on how to handle propane fires
    With the possibility of a 1.4-million-gallon propane storage facility coming to Florence, Colo., the Colorado Propane Research and Education group spearheaded a propane-fire training to prepare first responders. "This is just part of the process of being educated with that, along with just the propane stuff in general," said Fire Chief Gary McWilliams. "It's essentially a way to train firefighters and other first responders about the properties of propane, and how to handle emergencies that might come up either in a residential setting, a business or a vehicle that is delivering propane," said Baron Glassgow, executive director of the Colorado Propane Gas Association. Daily Record (Canon City, Colo.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lack of regulation of propane caverns worries Ohio officials
    Ohio Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer recently wrote to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to seek guidance on regulations governing underground propane caverns. "This apparent lack of authority to regulate these storage caverns is a concern for us, given our mission to protect the people of Ohio," he wrote. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Mower Case Studies Available
    The Propane Education & Research Council has posted on the Propane MaRC five free case studies of landscape contractors that are successfully using propane fuel. The brief studies show propane means savings and more efficient operations in states across the country. The studies can be downloaded as PDFs. Go to the MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video Previews Personal Safety Series
    A new video previews the comprehensive Propane Personal Safety Training Series from the Propane Education & Research Council. The three-part series offers training for on-the-job safety directed to management and staff, and illustrates specific safe procedures for common tasks in the propane industry. View the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • The power of treating people with respect
    Leaders who focus more on "why people can't be trusted" than communicating openly risk turning off team members who can be trusted and care about doing a good job, Karin Hurt writes. "In fact, the more you treat others with deep respect, the more likely the team will work to reject any member acting inappropriately," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 mistakes that can sour a strategic plan
    Successful strategic planning isn't waylaid by tactical and operational issues, writes Mel Lester, who cites a McKinsey survey that found more than half of executives were unhappy with how their company undertook strategy planning. Common mistakes that can derail the process include a lack of fresh ideas, too many action items and a failure to assemble teams optimally, he writes. E-Quip blog (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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