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Consolidation Continues

In the 1970s, writes columnist Steven Abbate, many believed the world would soon be running out of oil: In the 1980s I remember hearing that all the small family-owned propane and heating oil companies would be gobbled up by a few large companies.  Neither of those projections held true. The ...

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OPINION: A History of Accidents

News accounts over the years have chronicled many natural gas accidents, including what happened on Sept. 13 in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. Thomas J. Tubman, executive director of the American Energy Coalition, delves into the details.   ON SEPT. 13 A SERIES OF NATURAL GAS EXPLOSIONS AND FIRES rocked the ...

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Lost and…Found?

Some of you might find the headline on this column strange, but I can assure you that by the end you will have a clear understanding of its meaning.  Let’s look at the “lost” part first. It refers to lost employees, and how or why a fuel dealer loses them. ...

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NEFI’s New Era

Those of you on the fuel oil side of the business probably know the New England Fuel Institute, known by most as “NEFI.” If your company is a heating oil retailer in the Northeast, your company is, or at one time has been, a member of this association, writes columnist ...

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