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Report Details How to Improve Motor Carrier Safety Measurement

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) used to identify commercial motor vehicle carriers at high risk for future crashes is conceptually sound, several features of its implementation need improvement, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Over the next two years, FMCSA should develop a more ...

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R.W. Beckett Studying Interaction of Biofuels with Tanks, Burners; NBB Responds

R.W. Beckett Corp., North Ridgeville, Ohio, is conducting ongoing testing of interaction of biofuels with storage tanks and heating equipment. At the Eastern Energy Expo in Hershey, Pa., Craig Butler, product manager of residential oil burners and tank accessories for R.W. Beckett, presented findings of the research and testing that has been done so far. Long-term storage stability of biodiesel and ...

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AEC: Utility Commissioners Push for Natural Gas

AEC is sounding the alarm about a new threat to oil heat that is far broader than any posed by an individual gas utility. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a Washington, D.C., group, has established a “Natural Gas Access and Expansion Task Force” to study ways to bring natural gas to “un-served” or “under-served” areas of the ...

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Proposed Rule on Minimum Motor Carrier Liability Insurance to Be Withdrawn

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will withdraw a rulemaking designed to explore the pros and cons of increasing liability insurance minimums for motor carriers, news outlets and trade groups report. The agency is withdrawing the rule because of a lack of data from insurance providers and carriers, according to the reports. John V. Kulik, executive vice president of ...

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Paraco Gas Acquires Island Propane

Paraco Gas Corp., Rye Brook, N.Y., announced that it acquired Island Propane, based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. The acquisition adds Island Propane’s nearly 5,800 customers and 2.2 million gallons in the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk counties to Paraco Gas, the company said in a May 1 announcement. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed. Paraco is committed to expanding its footprint in ...

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NORA Survey: Mechanical Issues Related to Biodiesel Blending

The National Oilheat Research Alliance issued a ‘Survey on Mechanical Issues Related to Biodiesel Blending.’ The survey was conducted in 2016 and the report based on the responses was prepared by Dr. Thomas Butcher of NORA. To see the entire 15-page report, dated March 2017, click here. Here is the abstract from the report: Increasingly, biodiesel is being used as ...

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CVSA Roadcheck Enforcement: June 6-8

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8. Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, the Alliance said in a statement. Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is ...

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A Woodford Oil Timeline

In 2005, Woodford Oil acquired the petroleum assets of J.D. Kiser, Inc. A family-owned distributorship, founded in 1941, it was a supplier of fuels and lubricants to commercial and industrial customers throughout eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. The acquisition complemented Woodford Oil’s existing fuel operation, and also established Woodford Oil as a major distributor of lubricants throughout the Appalachian ...

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Woodford Oil: A Family Business Grown Big

The family business has long been a staple in the American economy. According to the Small Business Administration, about 90% of all U.S. businesses are family-owned or controlled. Ranging in size from small “mom and pop” shops to Fortune 500 entities, family businesses generate about half of the country’s gross national product and half of the total wages paid. As ...

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Bantam Home & Energy Takes the ‘Whole House’ Approach

“We are driving the ‘whole-house’ approach more than we ever did before,” Peter A. Aziz, president of Bantam Home & Energy in Bantam, Conn., tells Fuel Oil News. “We have sort of a moral obligation” to do so, Aziz says, and he goes on to describe the savings in money and environmental impacts that can be achieved through a whole-house ...

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