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November 30, 2012
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  • DCP affirms safety of proposed Maine LPG facility
    DCP Midstream assured the Searsport, Maine, Planning Board that it would take full responsibility at its proposed LPG storage facility should an emergency situation occur. DCP Midstream Senior Vice President Don Baldridge said during a public hearing that DCP Midstream Partners, the company's publicly traded entity, would back DCP Searsport in covering liabilities. The company also made it clear that the possibility of an explosion is far-fetched and that the facility has sufficient safety features to keep such dangers at bay. The Free Press (Rockland, Maine) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Propane autogas gains traction among school bus fleets
    Propane autogas is growing in popularity among school bus fleets, as evidenced by recent actions in Oregon, Washington, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee, according to Burney Simpson of the Propane Education & Research Council. School districts have said propane autogas has many advantages over diesel, including fewer emissions. Propane Today blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WheelTime teams up with APG to install, sell dual-fuel gas system
    WheelTime Network will team up with American Power Group to sell and install a dual-fuel natural gas and diesel aftermarket conversion system, the two companies announced. "The dual-fuel technology class, I think, is a game-changing movement for the evolution of natural gas transportation. Up to this point, the market has been forced to be relatively niche, with up to $100,000 up charge on new natural gas engines, which limits the number of applications," said WheelTime President and CEO Mike Delaney. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Home-sales data are unexpectedly negative
    A shadow of doubt has been cast over signs of recovery in the housing market, after sales of new homes unexpectedly declined 0.3% in October and September's numbers were revised downward. Nonetheless, noting volatility in new-home sales, "we are not changing our view that a modest recovery in home sales, construction activity and prices is well under way," RDQ Economics' John Ryding and Conrad DeQuadros wrote in a research note. Bloomberg (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Nova CEO: It's dawn for North American petrochemicals
    Nova Chemicals is already planning to expand capacity in ethylene and polyethylene because of North American shale natural gas, and CEO Randy Woelfel says the benefits are industrywide. "Ethylene producers are naturally very excited. We have gone from being a sunset industry to suddenly a sunrise business," he said. Platts (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • BP put under temporary ban from new U.S. contracts over Gulf spill
    The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily prohibited BP from federal contracts because of its "lack of business integrity" in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The EPA said that the suspension, which covers contracts including new Gulf drilling leases, is "standard practice" following criminal acts. The company entered a guilty plea to criminal misconduct over the incident earlier in November. BP Finance Director Brian Gilvary had said that if a blanket ban was put in place, the company may rethink its strategy in the U.S. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.D. industry develops best practices with conservationists
    A group of industry officials and environmentalists in North Dakota have unveiled standards that would help energy firms mitigate the effects of oil and natural gas development on wildlife. The Sporting and Oil Industry Forum has held three meetings to craft the best practices. "What's unique about this group is that they may be industry people, but they love the outdoors as much as we do," said Terry Fleck, chairman of the North Dakota Energy Forum. Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) (11/27) 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
  • 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
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  Leadership & Management 
  • "One Ford" to rule them all, says operations chief
    Ford CEO Alan Mulally's "One Ford" product strategy will continue to guide the automaker after Mark Fields takes over global operations next month, Fields says. The strategy calls for Ford to produce vehicles that, with minimal changes, can be sold anywhere in the world. "It's a timeless plan," Fields told reporters. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Slow down and start learning from your failures
    Failures should be part of a learning process, writes Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership. Rushing to avoid or cover up failures means missing an opportunity to grow wiser and stronger, Inam argues. "[W]e need to think about failure as a process we go through rather than an event to avoid at all costs," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief."
--William Shakespeare,
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