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Oil Heat Cares Comes to the Aid of the McBees

Lola McBee of Hagerstown, Maryland, a longtime customer of Griffith Energy Services, based in Columbia, Maryland, received a grant from Oil Heat Cares (OHC) that helped to cover the cost of installing a new boiler that was donated by Columbia Boiler Co. in Pottstown, Pa. McBee lives with her husband, who has been in struggling health. Amid her husband’s hospitalizations ...

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Developing a Biofuel Future

“The long-term future of the heating oil industry depends on the development of a renewable liquid fuel,” declared the program for the inaugural Northern New England Energy Conference, where John Huber, president of NORA, delivered an update on a biofuel project. Years ago, a patented process was developed to transform cellulosic material such as wood waste into a liquid for ...

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Debut: Northern New England Energy Conference

The debut of the Northern New England Energy Conference drew more than 200 attendees, 31 vendors who exhibited indoors, and truck marketers who displayed their vehicles outdoors June 18-20 at the Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, Maine, the organizers said. The organizers—the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire and the Maine Energy Marketers Association—will hold the second conference at Mill ...

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ONLINE ORIGINAL: Selling Fuel Via the Web

Marketers create a different identity online, to draw different customers and move more gallons. By Stephen Bennett Julie Valvo remembers vividly the first online sale of fuel oil by a venture launched last season by Wilcox Energy, a company in Westbrook, Conn., where she is sales and marketing manager. “When we got our first order it was exciting,” she says. ...

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NEFI Honors Legends of Oilheat

At a “Legends of Oilheat” banquet at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on the eve of the Expo, Howard W. Peterson of Peterson Oil Service, Worcester, Mass., was honored with the Charles H. Burkhardt Award for Oilheat Excellence. In addition 17 people were honored as Legends of Oilheat, and three others were so honored posthumously. The honorees are from six New ...

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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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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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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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