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December 19, 2012
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  • Blue Star Gas' 46-year-old autogas truck still hits the road
    Blue Star Gas' propane autogas-fueled bobtail truck delivered propane for the company from 1966 to 2006, logging more than a million miles. Today, "Old No. 44" still hits the road, but now its mission is to tout the fuel's performance and the evolution of autogas technology. "The truck's longevity and performance has been remarkable. It made deliveries for decades over rough terrain, providing the communities we serve with clean, efficient propane. Now an award-winning show truck we use in parades and display at car shows, this old beauty is still an important part of the Blue Star Gas legacy," said company owner Jeff Stewart. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. town considers propane autogas for police cruisers
    The town of Pound Ridge, N.Y., is looking at the possibility of converting some of its police vehicles to run on both propane autogas and regular gasoline. "Right now, the goal is to start with four and go through a full year and see what our experience is," said town Supervisor Gary Warshauer. "We are hoping to get energy-related grants to pay for it. Police Chief Dave Ryan is confident about getting some grants," he added. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Industry defends prospects of expanded natural gas exports
    Energy producers defended the prospects of increased exports of natural gas amid opposition from the chemicals industry and some lawmakers, which claim that such exports would jeopardize economic growth because they would raise natural gas prices. "If the chemical industry wants the free market to work, so they can produce product and export it, we should apply the same standard to the natural gas and oil industry," said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Large tanks in Mass. won't be moved until after Christmas
    New England Gas' massive propane storage tanks probably won't leave Fall River, Mass., this week or next. The town of Grafton, Mass., secured a temporary restraining order halting the tanks' scheduled transfer last week to their new owner. "With Christmas next week, it probably will not be next week either," said New England Gas official Gary Munroe. Wicked Local (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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
  • Bobtail Drivers Keep the Propane Industry Rolling
    The bobtail driver is the backbone of the propane industry. This article paints a picture of the dedication put in every working day by the men and women who make sure propane's many customers have the fuel they rely on for their homes and businesses. We Make House Calls is a tribute to the drivers from Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How Mary Barra broke GM's glass ceiling
    As General Motors' global product-development exec, Mary Barra is a "certified glass-ceiling breaker" who's reached the top of GM's most testosterone-fueled business division, writes Fortune magazine. Barra manages thousands of engineers, makes billion-dollar decisions and also puts in time driving at high speeds around GM's test tracks -- all after starting out as an engineer in a Pontiac plant. "I knew early on that she would do well. She was determined, confident and passionate, and these traits continue to define her and drive her," says former plant manager Tim Lee. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Want good ideas? Don't tell your workers they're dumb
    It's never smart to tell your workers how stupid their ideas are, writes Joel Garfinkle. You often must trawl through many bad ideas to find a good one, and being overly critical can lead employees to give up. "Strong negativity crushes future good ideas. It stops risk-taking and leaves you with too much of the burden to carry," Garfinkle warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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