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CEMA tackles gasoline legislation
With approximately two months left in the legislative session until the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns, CEMA is working on several issues that affect our motor fuels members. With the state facing a $200 million deficit for the current fiscal year ending June 30, and another $3 billion deficit over the next two years, we will have a lot of work to do to protect and promote the interests of our members.
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DOT penalties increased
The Federal Register April 2 announced higher, inflation-adjusted penalties for a variety of violations by commercial carriers, as announced in a final rule by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These higher penalties will go into effect June 2.
Annual US DOT hazmat registration period begins
PMAA via CEMA
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration has begun mailing out registration forms for the 2015-2016 hazardous materials registration period. Federal regulations require all interstate and intrastate marketers transporting petroleum products in placarded vehicles to register and pay an annual hazmat fee. Registration is necessary to obtain federal operating authority for the transportation of hazardous materials.
New convenience store guidance from Department of Consumer Protection
At last month's seminar on gas station and convenience store regulations, the Department of Consumer Protection showed a slide on tie-ins which indicated a gas station couldn't provide a discount on a gasoline sale if the customer also purchased a car wash or some other product or service at the convenience store. CEMA challenged DCP on this, and upon further reflection, they reversed their position.
AREE 2015, May 12-14 — Register now
The regional energy convention, co-sponsored by CEMA, will be held this year at the Trump Taj Majal, May 12-14 in Atlantic City. This year, the tradeshow and education sessions are under one room at the Taj. Attendee information, including online registration, can be found here. Supplier Hospitality Night is Tuesday, May 12. Education programs run May 12-13.
CEMA DOT/OSHA hazardous materials spring classes
Monday, April 27, 2015 Awareness Certification
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., CEMA offices, 10 Alcap Ridge, Cromwell.
Federal law requires all your hazmat drivers to demonstrate proof of hazardous materials training. Awareness training is the minimum level allowable and permits your drivers to take defensive actions only in the case of a release. The instructor is Gary LaBrake. Register online here.
How can I save money on auto insurance?
The price you pay for your auto insurance can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending what type of car you have and the insurance company you buy your policy from. Here are some ways to save money. This is an informative article for you and your employees from the Insurance Information Instutute Inc., a nonprofit communications organization supported by the insurance industry.
Ray Gincavage honored by CEMA board
Ray Gincavage of Global Companies announced his retirement from Global effective this month. In recognition of his many years of service on CEMA's board of directors, board chair Peter Aziz of Bantam Home & Energy presented Gincavage with a special plaque at CEMA's last board meeting.
Summer gas prices could be lowest since 2005
Summertime is the season for camping, vacations and joy rides.
One thing that isn't usually associated with summer is lower gas prices, but that may be where we're headed, according to AAA.
Officials want gas pipeline approval overturned
American Energy Coalition
Public officials in New York state and Massachusetts are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to overturn its recent approval of a major natural gas pipeline into New England, according to published reports.
In New York state, Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham recently petitioned FERC to reverse its approval of the Algonquin pipeline expansion, according to an article on LoHud.com.
Massachusetts gas moratorium adds to pipeline debate
New Hampshire Union Leader
The question of whether a new natural gas pipeline through Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire is really needed to meet year-round demand is front and center in the debate over the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct project.
A natural gas utility in western Massachusetts is making its case for the pipeline in no uncertain terms, with a moratorium on any new gas hookups until the Kinder Morgan pipeline is built.
California fines PG&E $1.6 billion for deadly gas explosion
The Wall Street Journal
A California regulator fined PG&E Corp. $1.6 billion for a deadly natural gas explosion in a San Francisco suburb in 2010, marking the largest penalty ever levied against a utility in the state.
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West Roxbury, Massachusetts, pipeline approved by federal regulators
The Boston Globe
The Algonquin Incremental Market natural gas project, which would build a five-mile spur through West Roxbury, will face a legal battle in Massachusetts after being approved by federal regulators.
In a ruling posted online, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted the Houston pipeline company Spectra Energy Corp. permission to move ahead with the project, which would increase the capacity of New England's biggest natural gas pipeline by 300 million cubic feet of gas per day, Spectra has said.
Making way for biodiesel
A major revision to ASTM International's standard D396, Specification for Fuel Oils, sets performance specifications for higher amounts of biodiesel blends in conventional fuels. The new grade of B6-B20 could have a significant impact on the heating oil industry while also helping to meet growing consumer and regulatory demand for cleaner-burning low-carbon fuels.
Interstate pipeline project in Connecticut approved by FERC
The first of five interstate pipeline projects in Connecticut was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission March 3. Spectra Energy's Algonquin Incremental Market project, a $1 billion venture, crosses the entire state, entering at Danbury and exiting at Putnam.
Keno proposal gets new life as Connecticut considers new tribal casinos to blunt competition
The Associated Press via Fox Business
As lawmakers consider whether to allow satellite tribal casinos near the state's borders, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation wants permission to offer keno to help diversify its portfolio and protect its revenue stream to the state budget. Lottery President Anne Noble said while the lottery is financially healthy, it is projecting a decline in contributions to the state's main spending account for the first time since 2008 — from $319 million fiscal year 2014 to $312 million fiscal year 2015.
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