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November 28, 2012
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  • Roush CleanTech appoints new director of sales for public transit
    Roush CleanTech has named Randy Veenhoven as its new sales chief for public transit. "Randy is a seasoned professional in the public transit industry, possessing a wealth of knowledge, experience and real-world connections. The public transit industry is challenged to service a wide variety of local and urban transportation needs -- not an easy task in today's economic environment," said Todd Mouw, the company's vice president of sales and marketing. NGT News (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Russian firm buys BP's LPG assets in Turkey
    Russia's Oteko Group acquired BP's Petgaz business and liquefied petroleum gas assets in Turkey, it was announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "The synergies created through this acquisition will allow Oteko to provide the Turkish market with the most efficient supply chain for LPG," said Oteko President Fernando Machinena. Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marcellus firms convert rigs to operate on natural gas
    EQT and other producers in the Marcellus Shale formation have started to convert their drilling rigs to run on natural gas, which is cleaner and cheaper than diesel. A natural gas-powered rig releases up to 30% less carbon dioxide compared with diesel-powered units. "We want to be a leader in reducing the environmental impacts related to drilling," said Steve Schlotterbeck, president of exploration and production at EQT. The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Baker Hughes' fracking equipment fueled partly by natural gas
    A fleet of Baker Hughes pressure pumps, which are used in hydraulic fracturing, now operate on both natural gas and diesel, the company announced. The conversion allows the company to slash diesel consumption by up to 65% without sacrificing any hydraulic horsepower. "The environmental benefits are significant. We're reducing emissions from the engines driving the stimulation pumps and less fuel is needed to keep our pumps going," said Mike Davis, president of pressure pumping for U.S. land at Baker Hughes. FuelFix.com (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DCP responds to storage-tank foes' questions about propane surplus
    DCP Midstream's proposed 22 million-gallon propane storage tank in Searsport, Maine, might not be needed, given the overabundance of domestic propane, some citizens said. Opponents said the company might eventually turn the facility into an export terminal, which would mean greater truck traffic and more safety risks in the area. "In the current market environment, I can see why those questions would be asked. But that's not what we're trying to do now. We're trying to get a permit to bring import here," said DCP Midstream's director of Northeast sales, John Pratt. Kennebec Journal (Maine) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine propane-tank supporters, opponents voice opinions at public hearing: Critics and supporters of DCP Midstream's proposed $40 million propane storage tank in Searsport, Maine, gathered Monday to air their views at a public hearing. Concerned groups from other towns were also present. The Searsport Planning Board hearings will continue through Thursday. Maine Public Broadcasting Network (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 8 tips on cultivating an effective training program
    To ensure your employee training program actually works, landscape businesses should combine different teaching methods to enhance learning, writes Mark Lenahan, director of training and development at ValleyCrest Cos. In this article, he provides eight tips for building an effective training program, including the use of social media. Lawn & Landscape (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • List of EPA-Certified Propane Autogas Vehicles Is Online
    An extensive list of propane autogas vehicles that have earned certification from the Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board is available in the PDF format on the Propane Education & Research Council website. Read the PDF list or visitautogasusa.org and look under CARB/EPA-Certified Propane Autogas Vehicles. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
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  • Why retailers should stay closed during public holidays
    Retailers that wreck their workers' holidays by insisting that stores open for early sales are only hurting themselves, writes Zeynep Ton. Holiday sales illustrate to workers how little they're valued by their employers -- and that makes it harder for stores to operate efficiently. "What retailers don't realize is that their 'lean and mean' treatment of employees isn't even helping their bottom lines," Ton writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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