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November 19, 2012
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  • Propane industry, charity hold golf event for cancer awareness
    A partnership between a coalition of propane marketers and the Prostate Cancer Foundation recently held a golf outing in McKinney, Texas, to raise funds for the foundation. "We're happy with that, but more importantly we've raised the awareness. I can't tell you how many calls I get from people who say, 'I went and got checked.' It's one of those causes that hits close to the heart," said Ed Varney, co-founder of the partnership, called Pros4Care. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • U.K. group touts propane autogas' benefits
    U.K.-based Autogas Limited is encouraging vehicle owners to switch to propane autogas and enjoy the fuel's benefits. "The economic squeeze and high fuel prices are changing how people behave towards their cars. However, the simple truth is that cheap motoring really still is possible" by fueling vehicles with autogas, said Paul Oxford, business development manager for Autogas Limited. Cambridge Newspapers (U.K.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: North American gas industry sees an expanding market
    The North American natural gas industry faces bright economic prospects as energy production drives demand for such a fuel, according to a survey of legal and energy industry executives carried out by consulting firm Black & Veatch. "There's a very upbeat crowd here. Gas is the future," said Greg Hopper, managing director of Black & Veatch's Management Consulting Division, adding that Asian and other regional demands for natural gas are lifting a market that is "creating itself." (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Energy firms look for ways to recycle frack water
    Major energy producers, including Halliburton and Schlumberger, are working to develop technologies that allow wastewater from hydraulic fracturing to be recaptured and reused. That could pave the way for a new market while addressing environmentalists' concerns about fracking. "Hopefully, we'll mend the dispute between environmentalists and oil companies by answering the wish list of both," said Ecologix Environmental Systems CEO Eli Gruber. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. has potential to lead shale oil revolution
    California has the potential to lead the shale oil revolution that can generate thousands of jobs and spur economic growth if leaders supported development, writes the editorial board of the San Diego Union-Tribune. A 2011 federal report found that California's Monterey Shale holds at least 15.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil, which is about four times larger than the Bakken Shale formation. As the federal government nears a lease sale covering acres in three counties in the state, Gov. Jerry Brown and state regulators should take a calm approach about hydraulic fracturing and its history, the board writes. The San Diego Union-Tribune (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Exercise care in outdoor chores to prevent injuries this winter
    About 6,000 people were treated in medical centers across the country in 2009 because of finger injuries from using snowblowers improperly, and another 16,500 were treated for shoulder and muscle pain, according the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Dress warmly, drink water and stop if you feel pain, a doctor recommends. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exxon plans to pay for spill response training in Mont.
    ExxonMobil seeks to shoulder the costs of oil spill response training and equipment as part of its settlement with Montana regulators over a pipeline spill in July 2011. The state imposed a $1.6 million fine against the company for the incident, which leaked over 1,500 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River. About $300,000 in cash has been paid by the company. Associated Press (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Severe Weather Guides Available
    A number of handy guides are available for customers as they deal with the aftermath of severe weather events. These briefs provide a Q&A checklist of how to respond to floods, power outages, winter storms, thunderstorms and other events. Visit Weather Events page at the Use Propane website from the Propane Education & Research Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Propane MaRC Open for Business
    The Propane Education & Research Council launched an updated version of its online Propane Marketer Resource Catalog, or Propane MaRC. The new MaRC lists nearly 1,000 items, with more than 700 free photos, brochures, handouts and other materials that can be downloaded. Visit the new Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How to lead like a fairytale hero
    Fairytales present a vision of leaders as infallible heroes: farsighted, passionate, wise, generous and trustworthy. It's not always possible to live up to those ideals, writes Erika Andersen, but to be effective, leaders must at least try to embody them. "[W]e're still wired to accept as leaders only those who line up with our centuries-old map of leadership attributes," Andersen explains. Fast Company online (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why it pays to be a servant leader
    Servant leaders have all the skills and competencies of regular leaders -- but they also have a clear vision for why they're leading, writes Mark Miller. That ultimately makes them more effective, Miller asserts. "Their effectiveness is ultimately rooted in their character," he explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Nothing is too small to know, and nothing is too big to attempt."
--William Cornelius Van Horne,
Canadian railway executive

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