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Connecticut's budget and the new tax solution
The budget writing committees of the Connecticut General Assembly approved a spending and tax package that will now be negotiated by the governor and Democrat leaders which may be more difficult that it appears. In an odd twist, Gov. Dannel Malloy is harshly criticizing the Democrat-proposed tax increases and continues to call on the Legislature to find another way to balance the budget.
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Speeding enforcement effort underway in Connecticut and the region
Last month, Connecticut was the only state in the country to receive specific distracted driving prevention funds from the federal government. The state estimates that 12,500 citations were given during the month of April.
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.
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.
Remaining DOT/OSHA HAZMAT operations recertification seminars May 27 and June 3
CEMA will be offering two operations-level recertification classes May 27 and June 3. Note that this is the class to recertify those who are already certified at the operations level. This level of certification allows drivers and technicians to clean up small spills (defined as 55 gallons or less) that do not occur in an enclosed space that would require a special breathing apparatus.
What determines the price of my automobile insurance policy?
This article is part of a series on car insurance run in conjunction with CEMA's endorsement of GoodWorks Insurance for personal lines of home and auto insurance through Nationwide Insurance. Did you know that on average, Nationwide Insurance customers have saved $500 on average on car insurance compared to competitors? Introducing your employees to Nationwide can be like giving them almost a $500 raise if that's how much they save. For more information, please contact Ed Ryan, senior vice president, GoodWorks Insurance, 800-588-8330, ext. 106.
HR Q&A: Does surrogacy affect FMLA and short-term disability?
Federated via CEMA
Question: We have an employee inquiring about her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act and short-term disability if she becomes a surrogate mother. This would be a voluntary election. The employee has worked over 1,250 hours and been with the company over a year. Would surrogacy be treated as any other disability/pregnancy as defined by FMLA and short-term disability?
Registration now open for NEFI Expo
New England Fuel Institute
To reserve your booth or truck space, please follow these simple instructions.
Eversource gas to return $1.5 million to customers
Hartford Business Journal
Berlin natural gas utility Eversource Energy, previously known as Yankee Gas, will return $1.5 million to its 220,000 customers starting in December, after a regulatory investigation revealed the company over-earned its approved amount.
Eversource also agreed to not ask for a rate increase until 2017.
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.
Democratic senators tell EPA to set strong biodiesel RFS standard
U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, and Al Franken, D-Minnesota, called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency May 7 to set strong renewable volume obligations required under the renewable fuel standard that provides long-needed certainty to farmers and workers in the biodiesel industry while helping domestic producers grow. They also pressed the EPA to live up to its legal obligation of ending its yearslong delay of setting renewable volume obligations.
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Opponents argue pipeline doesn't have economical benefits
AARP and the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association filed testimonies challenging the Addison Gas Pipeline. They suggest the ever-rising cost of the project outweighs the benefits that Vermont Gas Systems is standing by.
Natural gas has largest rally since January on smaller-than-expected surplus
The Wall Street Journal
Natural gas prices surged to their largest one-day gains since January after government data showed stockpiles grew less than expected.
Prices for the front-month June contract settled up 14.5 cents, or 5.6 percent, at $2.751 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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 geopolitics 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 the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.
Natural gas is actually worse than other fossil fuels
American Energy Coalition
Contrary to popular belief, substituting natural gas (methane) for other fossil fuels actually worsens the greenhouse impact, according to a recent article on Roanoke.com. Bob Crawford, an artist and writer living in Virginia's Roanoke County, wrote that although natural gas burns with less carbon dioxide emission than coal or oil, "natural gas is obtained at the expense of an unavoidable escape of the gas."
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