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Pennsylvania DEP Suspends Construction of Mariner East 2 Pipeline

Sunoco Pipeline says it received an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that “instructed us to suspend construction activities in Pennsylvania with respect to Mariner East 2 until reauthorized by the Pennsylvania DEP. The order requires us to submit various reports related to current and future construction activities. We intend to expeditiously submit these reports and we ...

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States and U.S. DOT Issue HOS Waivers

The Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and governors of several states have issued emergency waivers of driver hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for heating fuels and other products, reports the New England Fuel Institute. “The combination of the state HOS waivers and the federal regional waiver essentially creates a blanket HOS exemption across the Northeast, subject to some important restrictions,” NEFI ...

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Trump Signs Sweeping Tax Bill

President Trump signed a sweeping tax bill on Dec. 22. The bill is “the most significant overhaul of America’s tax system in decades,” reported The New York Times. Congress set the stage for the signing when it gave final approval to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act on Dec. 20. After that approval by Congress, Jim Collura, vice president and director of ...

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Sean Cota Named President, CEO of NEFI

The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) announced that Sean Cota has been named its president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 8, 2017. Cota has been working full-time at the NEFI offices in Worcester, Mass., actively managing the organization’s leadership transition and overseeing its staff, the Institute said in a statement issued on Dec. 19. Cota comes to the association with an extensive industry ...

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Independent Technologies to Acquire EnerTrac

Independent Technologies, Blair, Neb., is acquiring EnerTrac, a fuel delivery and monitoring system, from Senet Inc., Portsmouth, N.H., the companies announced. The Wesroc division of Independent Technologies will be adding EnerTrac to its portfolio of monitoring solutions for companies that store and distribute propane and refined fuels, with capabilities to measure, monitor, track and report. Further, Wesroc and Senet will ...

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Trucking Groups: Assessment of RhodeWorks Toll Plan Should be Rejected

An environmental assessment of a plan to charge tolls on trucks in the littlest state is flawed and should be rejected by federal regulators, a national trucking group and its Rhode Island affiliate said. The American Trucking Associations and the Rhode Island Trucking Association called on the Federal Highway Administration to reject the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s assessment of ...

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New Hampshire Oil Heat Council: State is Weighing ‘Massive’ Toll Hike

There is a proposal to raise tolls on New Hampshire’s turnpike system, reports Robert J. Sculley, executive director of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire. “According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, this toll proposal will generate an additional $36 million in revenue for the ‘acceleration and expansion of Turnpike capital projects,’” Sculley writes in a Nov. 29 ...

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Dead River Co. Acquires Breggy Oil Service

Maine-based Dead River Co., announced its acquisition of 71-year old family-owned Breggy Oil Service, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Maine. In purchasing Breggy Oil Service, Dead River Co.—itself family-owned since 1909—continues to realize the growth envisioned by president and CEO Deanna Sherman. “We are actively looking to expand our business through acquisitions in New England and the surrounding areas,” Sherman said ...

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NATSO, NACS, SIGMA Commend EPA

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, along with the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) commended Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for soundly rejecting proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “We are gratified that Administrator Pruitt and his team at EPA ...

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AEC Update: Report Suggests Manipulation by Utilities

A recent report issued by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) entitled “Vertical Market Power in Interconnected Natural Gas and Electricity Markets” has drawn the attention of both Connecticut and Massachusetts Utility Regulators, and both have opened investigations into allegations contained in the report. The first to respond to the report was Connecticut through its Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, ...

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