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Tom Foley says 'no' to natural gas buildout
CEMA
In a recent interview by the Connecticut Mirror, Republican candidate for Governor, Tom Foley, was quoted as saying that he gives an unequivocal “no” to whether he supports the natural gas expansion being pushed by Governor Dannell Malloy. "He’s burdening consumers’ home heating fuel with the cost of the buildout for natural gas."
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CEMA sues state
CEMA
CEMA filed a lawsuit recently in the Hartford Superior Court against the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority alleging both the agency and regulatory board violated state environmental laws in an effort to fast-track Governor Malloy's energy plan to convert 280,000 homes and businesses from oil to gas. The lawsuit contends that in pushing through the state's multi-billion dollar energy plan, DEEP and PURA are blatantly ignoring state laws which require environmental evaluations of the gas expansion projects.
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What employers can and cannot say about the upcoming election
CEMA
The election that will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4, less than 3 weeks from now, will be a pivotal one for the petroleum industry in Connecticut. When Governor Malloy was elected in 2010, by all accounts he was a moderate Democrat with good management experience running the city of Stamford. But as we soon learned, he fully bought into the liberal, anti-petroleum ideology of the far left, as evidenced by his hiring of the Ivy League academic Dan Esty to run his energy policy.
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Questions raised over DOT's role in guardrail failures
CEMA
Various media outlets are reporting the start of a potentially major investigation into the safety of roadside crash barriers. Safety advocates are claiming a change in design has made the barriers highly dangerous during an accident.

Roadside crash barriers have long been a fixture of our nation’s highways. In many cases, it has been these barriers that have made a difference between life and death during an accident. However, a design change made in 2005 may have transformed some of these barriers from miracles of engineering to deadly weapons.

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CEMA Regional Chapter Meetings, Meriden, Oct. 28, Trumbull, Oct. 29, and Mohegan on Oct. 30
CEMA
At the direction of the board of directors, we're reorganizing our annual series of chapter meetings this year. Rather than holding seven of them, we're consolidating them into three regional meetings as shown in this article. Also, they will have a greater social component to them — they will be dinner buffets rather than lunches, feel free to invite spouses and they will include a two-hour open bar for the course of the dinner.
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Driver background checks
CEMA
There’s a new address for the fingerprinting center in Connecticut. The center that used to be in Branford has moved to West Haven. This is one of two centers in Connecticut that are used both for TWIC cards and the hazardous materials endorsement for CDL drivers.
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Fall OSHA/DOT Hazmat certification and re-certification classes
CEMA
All employees who may come into contact with any hazardous materials need to be trained at least at the Awareness level. Any employee who is expected to clean up small spills (those not requiring a Hazmat suit or breathing apparatus) need to be certified at the Operations level.
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New shipping paper requirements
CEMA
The U.S. EPA’s ULSD program entered its final phase on Oct. 1, after which only 15-ppm diesel fuel are allowed for use in highway vehicles and non-road vehicles nationwide. 500-ppm fuel may only be used in locomotive, marine engines. The sulfur content of heating oil is not regulated by the U.S. EPA though note the new change of adding sulfur content of heating oil to shipping papers.
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Debate at the Garde on Oct. 16, may be unique
The Day
The gubernatorial debate on Oct. 16, at the Garde Arts Center in New London may well be the only one that features all three candidates on the ballot — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Tom Foley and the petitioning candidate, Joe Visconti. That fact alone is raising interest in the debate, which Connecticut Public Television and WNPR radio stations will broadcast live. The one-hour debate begins at 7 p.m.
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Oil, natural gas prices confound New England
The Associated Press via The Recorder
Pipeline bottlenecks that drove up natural gas home heating prices in New England last winter could cause trouble when the weather again turns cold, but oil prices that once climbed to record territory continue to fall. That unusual sequence of events — higher prices for natural gas prices, which is promoted for its cost advantage relative to oil that's falling in price — was detailed by the U.S. Department of Energy's recent annual outlook.
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Closing the sale with female voters
Hartford Courant
Polls show that Tom Foley has struggled to connect with women voters, but the Republican candidate for governor is working to close the gender gap. "This is not a race about issues that matter to women and don't matter to men, or matter to men and don't matter to women," Foley said. "The issues that face Connecticut right now matter to everyone who cares about the future."
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Maine electricity ratepayers shouldn't be charged for natural gas pipeline expansion
Portland Press Herald
Maine electricity customers shouldn’t be charged up to $75 million a year to help pay for natural gas pipeline expansion in New England, the staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission said recently, because cost would exceed the potential benefits. Despite its skepticism, the staff recommended that the agency accept project proposals anyway, so the PUC and its consultants can evaluate potential benefits to determine whether they would be “sufficient.”
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OPEC split as oil prices fall sharply
The New York Times
Oil prices sank again recently, giving consumers more of a break and causing a split among OPEC leaders about what action should be taken, if any, to halt the slide. The price drop has led to a near free fall in gasoline prices in the U.S. On Oct. 13, the national average price for regular gasoline was $3.20, 9 cents lower than it was the week before and 14 cents below the price a year ago, according to the AAA motor club.
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Massachusetts' electric rates soar
New England Cable News
For years energy experts have warned that New England would pay a price for wanting to use more and more natural gas for heating buildings and to replace dirty coal-fired power plants for producing electricity, while not making any investments in expanding gas pipelines. There came shocking word of just how much that situation will cost in a matter of weeks, as National Grid, Massachusetts’s biggest utility, said it needs to seek a 37 percent rate hike for the six months beginning Nov. 1.
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