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November 12, 2012
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  • Airport shuttle firm rolls out 75th autogas-fueled vehicle
    Airport transportation service provider SuperShuttle unveiled its 75th propane autogas-fueled shuttle during the "Shuttling Arizona to a Cleaner Future" event in Phoenix. "Sharing rides is considered environmentally friendly, because combining rides reduces our carbon footprint and reduces the congestion on our roadways. It makes sense to step up our game with alternative fuels like propane, particularly in markets where air pollution is a major concern, such as Phoenix," said Dave Bird, executive vice president at SuperShuttle International. DomesticFuel.com (11/9), NGT News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • SemGroup sees higher Q3 earnings
    SemGroup's earnings during the third fiscal quarter of 2012 rose to $32.9 million from $29.1 million in the same period last year. The company attributed the increase to the company's strategy, which takes advantage of the strong oil and natural gas production in the U.S. "It's part of the broader [long-term] business strategy, and it looks like a good strategy," said Norm Szydlowski, CEO of SemGroup and its Rose Rock Midstream subsidiary. Tulsa World (Okla.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Training 
  • Officials: Be careful with home-heating systems this winter
    Phoenix Fire Department officials are reminding homeowners to be extra cautious with their home-heating systems as winter approaches. Residents should check their systems for faulty wiring and leaks to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or fire. Homeowners also should install carbon monoxide detectors for greater protection. KNXV-TV (Phoenix) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alaska fines BP $255 million over Prudhoe Bay oil spill
    Alaska has ordered BP Exploration to pay $255 million in damages related to an oil spill in Prudhoe Bay in 2006. The company pleaded guilty to Clean Water Act violations in the incident, which leaked about 200,000 gallons of oil on the North Slope in Alaska. "We are pleased to finally resolve the last remaining claim" from the incident, BP said. Bloomberg (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Material Protects Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    Cold weather means customers spend more time inside, raising the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Propane Education & Research Council offers the Carbon Monoxide Safety module and brochure that can be shared with customers. The free materials are available in English and Spanish. Visit PERC's consumer safety modules, where the carbon monoxide module can be copied and e-mailed to customers. Visit PERC's consumer safety brochures page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Autogas Safety Program Now Available
    A new two-part safety program on propane autogas is available. The free program from the Propane Education & Research Council includes a 12-page booklet and a PowerPoint presentation that can be shown to emergency responders, fleet managers, school leaders and community groups. Download the PDF booklet "Propane Autogas: A Safe, Economical, and Environmentally Friendly Option for Fleet Vehicles." Download the "Propane Autogas: Resources" PowerPoint presentation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Could leisurely lunches make your company more productive?
    Firms that encourage workers to take their full lunch hour have an edge over rivals whose workers munch at their desks, says productivity consultant Tony Schwartz. Refreshed, well-fed workers are more creative and more energetic in their approach to tough problems, Schwartz explains. "Letting employees recharge at midday is a tremendous competitive advantage," he says. "Look at Google. Everyone goes to lunch there." CNNMoney/Fortune (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease."
--John Donne,
British poet, satirist, lawyer and cleric


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