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Natural gas expansion lawsuit update
It has been five weeks since CEMA appeared in Hartford Superior Court to argue against the Department of Energy and Environmental Protections motion to dismiss our lawsuit concerning the state's natural gas expansion and conversion plan. Judge Kevin Dubay continues to consider the state's motion to dismiss the case, based on DEEP's claim that the law that requires them to perform an environmental impact evaluation does not apply to them.
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New England governors pledge coordinated effort to expand natural gas supply
NEFI via CEMA
Governors of the six New England met in Hartford, Connecticut, to coordinate the development of a region-wide energy strategy. The group laid out an array of actions the individual states plan to pursue to move a regional plan forward. In a joint statement, the governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont highlighted plans for investment in new natural gas infrastructure and the continued integration of clean energy resources as two key pieces of a coordinated plan to meet the energy system challenges facing the region.
CEMA members testify against $500 registration fee
CEMA testified against H.B. 7059 that would require "sellers" of e-cigarettes to pay a onetime initial application fee of $100 and annual registration fee of $500. Mary Sonatore of Consumer Petroleum (Trumbull), Ken Coomes of Aldin Associates (East Hartford), Matt Durand of Cumberland Farms and CEMA President Chris Herb all testified against the onerous bill that was up for public hearing before the Legislature's finance committee.
Registration for CEMA Golf Outing June 1
CEMA's Golf Outing is the premier golf event for the petroleum industry in Connecticut. This year, we return to a member favorite course: Clinton Country Club in Clinton, Connecticut, courtesy of club member John McCall of Wilcox Energy. We rotate our venue among various private and public courses across the state to give players a variety of playing experiences, and we are pleased to have booked the Clinton Country Club near the Long Island shore of Connecticut for our outing June 1.
State program that will help convenience stores save money on energy costs
Convenience store owners are faced with many business challenges today, including labor turnover, regulatory compliance issues and competitive market pressures such as offering healthier food options. However, another challenge is dealing with the continued growth of energy costs which certainly impact the bottom line. In Connecticut, electric rates have increased significantly over 2014.
Jobber journal: What beats petroleum prices down
Marketers unknowingly make decisions that literally drive their business worth down in the last few years before they sell. Do they mean to do that? Of course not. Their decisions are rational and warranted in their minds.
CEMA DOT/OSHA HAZMAT spring classes
Wednesday, May 13, 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 Hazmat training. Awareness training is the minimum level allowable and permits your drivers to take defensive actions only in the case of a release. Instructor Gary LaBrake.
An impossible skill — risk prevention
As you're reading this article, are you doing something else at the same time? Maybe you're eating, listening to the radio or even planning your day. You might think you're multitasking, but — and this may come as a surprise — you're not. Scientists have learned that our brains don't process more than one stream of information at a time.
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.
Register online for the 2015 NEFI Energy Expo
There are just six weeks remaining until the NEFI Energy Expo 2015. NEFI has created an online portal for the show where exhibitors and attendees can learn more and make their reservations. The expo takes place June 10-11 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
CNG fined $50,000 over gas leaks
Hartford Business Journal
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has fined utility Connecticut Natural Gas $50,000 for failing to get its lower priority leaks under control.
As part of its investigation into CNG's staffing levels, PURA told the utility to have 60 or fewer Grade 2 leaks by the end of each year starting in 2010.
US to launch blitz of gas exports, eyes global energy dominance
The United States is poised to flood world markets with once-unthinkable quantities of liquefied natural gas as soon as this year, profoundly changing the geo-politics of global energy and posing a major threat to Russian gas dominance in Europe.
"We anticipate becoming big players, and I think we'll have a big impact," said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
New heating oil specifications could heat up biodiesel demand
United Soybean Board
Many U.S. soybean farmers may never see the benefits of Bioheat® fuel in their own homes, but that doesn't mean that they won't see the perks of a new ruling on performance specifications. ASTM International, an organization that sets industry standards for fuels, recently released new performance specifications for blends of between 6 and 20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil.
Connecticut home heating oil dealers shut out of governors energy summit
ENERGY TRUTH: fact from fiction
Connecticut home heating oil dealers are being shut out of the New England governors' energy summit in Hartford, a strategic move to once again push a government agenda to expand natural gas in the region. "They're having a ball, and we are not invited," said Chris Herb, president of CEMA, which represents 600 home heating oil dealers in the state of Connecticut.
Gas prices creep back up past $2.50
New Britain Herald
Average retail gasoline prices in the Greater Hartford area rose 9.3 cents per gallon recently, averaging $2.65 a gallon, according to a GasBuddy daily survey of 418 gas outlets in central Connecticut. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.2 cents a gallon to $2.54, also according to the GasBuddy website.
Environmental, consumer advocacy groups to protest energy summit
The Middletown Press
Environmental and consumer advocacy groups are hoping to attract as many people as they can to protest an energy summit involving governors from all six New England states at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
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Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking
Fresno pipeline explosion closes Highway 99, injures 11
A gas pipeline explosion near Fresno, California, injured 11 people and shut down a section of Highway 99 for several hours April 17. The Fresno Fire Department said that the area around the explosion has been secured and investigations will begin.
Texas ranchers and landowners to fight natural gas pipeline
American Energy Coalition
Western Texas ranchers and landowners are up in arms over plans to build a natural gas pipeline through pristine lands of the state's Big Bend region, according to an Associated Press report disseminated by Fox Business News. Approximately 150 Big Bend property owners held a community meeting on the 143-mile pipeline proposed by a consortium of two companies owned by billionaire businessmen.
Residents of Upper West Side, New York, apartment complex without gas for days
Consolidated Edison has shut off gas at a high-rise apartment complex on the Upper West Side of New York.
The 671 units at 1 Lincoln Plaza have been without gas.
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