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Connecticut's minimum wage to increase to $10.10
CEMA
The state of Connecticut passed a law that will increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in 2017. The current minimum wage is $8.70 and will increase Jan. 1 in each of the next three years to $9.15 in 2015, $9.60 in 2016 and $10.10 in 2017. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. President Barack Obama made a stop in Connecticut to lobby for this increase and is pushing Congress to adopt the same minimum wage nationally.
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Keno lacks public support
CEMA
The state of Connecticut is close to finalizing negotiations with the two state Indian tribes to allow for Keno gaming throughout the state, but there is a catch. A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that nearly 60 percent of state residents oppose Keno and apparently the legislature may follow suit. Last year, Governor Malloy pushed for legislative approval for Keno to be sold in c-stores, restaurants and bars.
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Fight natural gas expansion — propose paving ordinance in your town
CEMA
The time to act is now! CEMA is asking members to reach out to your local mayor, first selectman, town council members, public works director or anyone who may have an interest in saving taxpayers money and maintaining local roads from the damage that the utilities are doing, as they tear up pavement and leave behind shoddy patch jobs.
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CEMA Golf Outing returns to Shuttle Meadow May 19
CEMA
Shuttle Meadow Country Club is one of our state's most venerable golf courses. It was founded in 1899 and the course itself was built in 1916 by Willie Parks Jr. in the style of traditional Scottish courses and was the first of over two dozen courses he designed for America. The great Bobby Jones even remarked that the 14th hole of Shuttle Meadow was one of the prettiest holes he had ever played. In fact last month, Golf Week Magazine recognized Shuttle Meadow as one of America's top classic golf courses (built before 1960).
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New DMV physicals for CDL drivers
CEMA
Effective May 21, commercial drivers can no longer get a DOT exam performed by their general practitioner, internal medicine physician, chiropractor or other provider unless that provider is certified and listed on the National Registry of Medical Examiners. You can only use a doctor or medical examiner if he or she is listed on this registry, maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
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Inactive DOT numbers
CEMA
Every year members report to us that their federal DOT number has been unexpectedly deactivated. This is usually discovered after their truck was ticketed for this violation during an inspection by the DMV or state police. Almost invariably, the reason is because your insurance agent did not file with DMV the correct paperwork. You have to file every year if you conduct inter-state business with your trucks, and every two years if you conduct only intra-state business.
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Coldest winter in over a decade ... brrr
CEMA
With an unexpected recent snowfall, everyone is wondering how this winter stacks up with past winters. If you're keeping your degree day counts, then you'll know this has been the coldest winter so far since the winter of 2002-2003. During this season, from July 1 to March 16, according to statistics tracked by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we've incurred 5,139 degree days. This is 640 HDD higher than last year's 4,499 for the same period, and 263 HDD higher than the 10-year "normal" through March 16. For the same period in 2002-2003, HDDs were 5,333.
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CEMA DOT/OSHA Required Training Seminars — spring schedule
CEMA
CEMA combines into one offering both OSHA and DOT required training that satisfy federal regulations 49 CFR 172.504 and 29 CFR 1910-120. All Hazmat drivers are required to demonstrate proof of Hazmat training, annually for OSHA and every three years for DOT. Awareness training is the minimum level allowable and permits your drivers, making them aware of the hazards of transporting petroleum products, and allowing them to take defensive actions only in the case of a release.
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Free webinar: Petroleum Supply Chain Management
CEMA
Supply chain management in the petroleum industry contains various challenges, specifically in the logistics area, that are not present in most other industries. These logistical challenges are a major influence on the cost of oil and its derivatives. However, opportunities for cost savings in logistics still do exist. To help improve your experience with biodiesel and liquid fuels in general this inside look at the national supply chain is a must see. Whether you come with thirty years of experience or are just wrapping up your first week on the job this informative fast paced event will reveal how your diesel, heating oil and gasoline products are manufactured, stored, blended and shipped to market. Buying and selling fuel has its challenges as does managing quality.
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TankSure Program home insurance discounts
CEMA
Homeowners in Connecticut that are on the TankSure Program now qualify for discounts on their homeowners insurance. The TankSure Program has been endorsed by CEMA in order to help oil companies address leaking consumer oil tanks while at the same time providing a new profit center for retailers. Utilizing state-of-the art ultrasonic technology and an online tracking software, the TankSure Program combines statistical analysis with a warranty program, resulting in having replaced thousands of tanks over the past decade.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Record natural gas need keeps bulls betting on advances
Bloomberg
The cold snap in the Eastern U.S. persuaded hedge funds and other speculators to keep betting on rising natural gas prices, accumulating the most bullish position for this time of year since at least 2010. The polar vortex that sent temperatures tumbling across the country in January boosted consumption by households and power plants to all-time highs. Waves of frigid weather through March pushed stockpiles to the lowest level in 11 years.
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Beneath cities, a decaying tangle of gas pipes
The New York Times
It is a danger hidden beneath the streets of New York City, unseen and rarely noticed: 6,302 miles of pipes transporting natural gas. Leaks, like the one that is believed to have led to the explosion that killed eight people in East Harlem recently, are startlingly common, numbering in the thousands every year, federal records show.
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4 injured, 200 evacuated after Washington natural gas plant explosion
The Oregonian
A large explosion and fire at natural gas processing plant near the Washington-Oregon border injured four workers and led to the evacuation of about 200 people from nearby homes as flames and a mushroom-shaped cloud of black smoke reached high into the air. The 8:20 a.m. blast at the Williams Northwest Pipeline plant in the town of Plymouth, Wash., along the Columbia River, also punctured a liquefied natural gas storage tank.
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CL&P accused of sending shut off notices to customers who are up to date on payments
CTWatchdog
Connecticut State Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24) claims that "hundreds" of Connecticut Light & Power Co. customers are receiving shut-off notices and late charges even though they are making ontime payments. In March 18 letters to the presidents of CL & P and Yankee Gas McLachlan noted that CL & P moved its accounts receivable operations from Connecticut to Dallas.
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Climate signals, growing louder
The New York Times
Perhaps now the deniers will cease their attacks on the science of climate change, and the American public will, at last, fully accept that global warming is a danger now and an even graver threat to future generations.
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White House calls for new rules to cut methane emissions
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration recently directed several federal agencies to clamp down on emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas emitted from natural gas and other industries, fleshing out an initiative that attempts to address environmental concerns without harming the nation's booming natural-gas industry.
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PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast
Yahoo News
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said recently the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. A disclosure document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by PG&E Corp. and its subsidiary said the company expects the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of its transmission pipeline in San Bruno.
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Harlem gas explosion: How widespread is the problem?
The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News
Two century-old East Harlem tenements were completely destroyed on March 12 after a natural gas leak sparked an explosion that leveled the five-story brick building, killing eight people and injuring more than 60 others. The buildings were part of a bustling area on the northern reaches of Manhattan's famed Park Avenue, housing working-class families as well as the store-front sanctuary of a Spanish-language church and a piano repair store.
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