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November 20, 2012
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  • Canadian firm touts propane as better alternative to heating oil
    Superior Propane is encouraging homeowners in Canada's Prince Edward Island to enjoy lower energy bills by switching from heating oil to propane. "Propane is considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to be more environmentally friendly than heating oil due to its lower carbon dioxide output. Cost savings include energy savings, potential insurance discounts and furnace maintenance savings," said Mike Thorne, general manager of Superior's Atlantic region. The Guardian (Prince Edward Island, Canada) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. county approves purchase of CNG buses
    Commissioners in Mesa County, Colo., have approved a proposal to buy compressed natural gas-powered buses in a bid to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The county already operates two CNG buses. "We're seeing benefits already from the two that are out on service, both in reduced costs of fuel use, as well as cleaner benefits towards the system as a whole," said Regional Transportation Manager Todd Hollenbeck. KJCT-TV (Grand Junction, Colo.) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Dow Chemical exec speaks to shale's boost to petrochemicals
    The U.S. petrochemical industry is one of the main benefactors of the availability of cheap natural gas as a feedstock, said Dow Chemical executive George Biltz. "Most of the plastics you touch every day, whether in your car or at home, your toothbrush, different coatings, fibers, the grip on your razor -- all of these things that are essentially synthetic plastics, that come out of the natural gas feedstock," he said. National Public Radio/StateImpact Pennsylvania (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exxon exec touts role of shale oil, gas in U.S. economy
    The U.S. economy stands to benefit from the abundance of shale natural gas, which will pave the way for new economic opportunities, said William Colton, vice president of corporate strategic planning at ExxonMobil. Unconventional oil and natural gas are "an inspiring story and quite a gift to the ... U.S. economy," Colton said, adding it could expand further as exploration proceeds. He also said liquefied natural gas exports are "clearly good" for U.S. economic growth. SNL Financial (free content) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Experts are named to assess N.Y. fracking report
    Experts from the Colorado School of Public Health, George Washington University and the University of California Los Angeles were picked by the New York state Department of Health to assess a study on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. The Department of Environmental Conservation has until Nov. 29 to finalize new fracking rules, and the agency needs the health study to complete its proposals, said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. CNBC/The Associated Press (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Preview Video on Crane Operator Training Available
    A preview video on safety training for crane operators is available from the Propane Education & Research Council. The brief video gives an outline on the major topics covered in PERC's upcoming training program, including crane inspections, power line safety, proper crane transporting and more. View the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Energy Update Covers Emerging Technology
    The newest Propane Energy Update is devoted to emerging technology in the residential and commercial building industry. Articles cover combined heat and power systems, a propane tank smart monitoring system and the growing market for standby generators. Visit the Propane Energy Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What will people say about you when you're gone?
    To lead well, it's worth taking a moment to think about the mark you're leaving on those around you, notes John Baldoni. Try drafting your own eulogy, and reflecting on whether you could be doing more to make a positive difference. "Too often we are overwhelmed by the minutiae of the day, and it is hard to take a step back and gain perspective," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does your company need a wheel of fortune?
    To keep his workers happy and engaged, Conductor CEO Seth Besmertnik holds regular meetings where workers are invited to spin a "Wheel of Fortune"-style wheel. The wheel can order workers to put on an impromptu talent show, take a day off, wear a crown around the office all day -- or have Besmertnik himself make an enraged face at them. "It lightens up the dialogue. As the company gets bigger, it helps everyone get to know people from other departments a little bit more," Besmertnik explains. The New York Times (single-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A good man with a good conscience doesn't walk so fast."
--Georg Büchner,
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