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February 28, 2013
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  • EIA: U.S. propane inventories dive by 3.22 million barrels
    The U.S.'s propane stockpile took a dive last week by 3.22 million barrels, settling at 47.85 million barrels, according to the Energy Information Administration. The agency attributes the decline to cold weather and strong margins for petrochemical cracking. Despite the decline, the country's propane market still experiences a supply glut, experts say. Platts (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • T. Boone Pickens says gas can make U.S. more energy secure
    The abundance of natural gas in the U.S., coupled with its low price, makes it the ideal resource for making the U.S. more energy independent and growing the economy, said energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit outside Washington, D.C. America has an advantage because it is the first country to successfully hydraulically fracture commercial wells. "This is a resource that we have to use in this country, and you can recover the economy off of the resource," he said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BP is accused of sacrificing safety for low costs in spill trial
    A renowned forensic engineer accused BP of putting cost control ahead of safety before the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the first day of testimony in the civil trial over the incident. "There is ample evidence of intense pressure within the system to save time and money," Bob Bea, co-founder of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at the University of California, Berkeley, said. "With stress and pressure come sacrifices to safety." Reuters (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA recommends roof maintenance in spring and fall
    The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that roof components should be inspected and maintained in spring and in fall, according to this article. Debris should be removed from gutters, while shingles, chimney and pipes should be inspected for deterioration or gaps. Walls and ceilings should also be checked for water damage, because it could indicate leaks in the roof. Networx (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Marketer Technology Training Will Visit Charleston, W.Va.
    The Propane Education & Research Council has added Charleston, W.Va., to its 2013 Marketer Technology and Sales Training program, and will hold a class there on March 19 on residential opportunities. The classes deliver hands-on exposure to new propane products, introduce marketers to local equipment dealers and offer students practice on successful sales techniques. Learn more about the program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PGANE Creates Technology Decision Maker E-Letter
    The Propane Gas Association of New England plans to distribute an e-letter with stories on propane technology to purchasing decision makers at fleets, landscape contractors, and other firms. PGANE is seeking stories, pictures, and graphics. Please e-mail Rita Pecilunas, president of Strategic Marketing Resources, to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Assess conflict before attacking it
    Savvy leaders know it's critical to assess a conflict before attempting to resolve it, Dan McCarthy writes. Conflicts of emotions, needs and values each have to be handled differently, so first determine the type of conflict and then select the proper response, McCarthy writes. Great Leadership (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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