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Fuel Oil Dealers Are Converting Some Gas Customers in Merrimack Valley

After a series of fires and explosions on Sept. 13 in communities in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts said it would pay for conversions to other fuels for customers that lost natural gas service and wanted to switch. The number of Columbia Gas customers that have opted to switch is unclear, Michael Ferrante, president of the Massachusetts Energy ...

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Dead River Acquires Cheshire Oil

Dead River Co., South Portland, Me., acquired Cheshire Oil Co. of Keene, N.H. The Robertson family sold the home heating portion of their business to Dead River. Cheshire Oil has served the Monadnock region of New Hampshire for 97 years. Dead River announced the acquisition on Sept. 14. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Dead River Company has served ...

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Michael Devine Joins World Energy

World Energy, a biodiesel supplier based in Boston, Mass., announced that it hired Michael Devine as vice president of sales and business development. Devine will play a key role in establishing a biodiesel downstream distribution platform, working directly with senior management and the company’s supply and logistics teams. An early adopter and outspoken advocate of biodiesel integration, Devine is a ...

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Wills Group Raises Over $525,000 for Blackie Wills Community Fund

The Wills Group, La Plata, Md., announced that it raised more than $525,000 at its second annual Blackie Wills Golf Classic and Gala at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md. The golf event was postponed to Oct. 29 because of inclement weather. The gala took place on Sept. 9. The Golf Classic and Gala support The Blackie Wills Community ...

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Court Vacates Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated a permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, news outlets reported. The Oct. 2 decision “dealt a major blow to the West Virginia pipeline project,” Politico reported. Mountain Valley Pipeline, Pittsburgh, Pa., said it was “disappointed with the ...

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DataOnline’s Chet Reshamwala to Become CEO

Chet Reshamwala will become chief executive officer of DataOnline effective Jan. 1, the company announced. He is currently chief operating officer. Reshamwala will succeed co-founder and current CEO Martin Adams, who will transition to a strategic business development role, where he will focus on building account relations and helping customers improve safety and efficiency. DataOnline this year acquired Independent Technologies, ...

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F.W. Webb Acquires Palace Plumbing with Locations in Manhattan and the Bronx

F.W. Webb Co., Bedford, Mass., announced the acquisition of Palace Plumbing & Heating Supply, a wholesale distributor with a location in Manhattan and a location in the Bronx. “We have had a desire to get into New York City. Over the past couple of years, we have been working toward that goal by making acquisitions and opening new locations in ...

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Columbia Gas Will Pay for Conversions to Other Fuels

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts says it will pay for conversions to other fuels, “such as electric, propane or fuel oil,” for customers that lost natural gas service after a series of fires and explosions on Sept. 13 in communities in the Merrimack Valley. The gas-fueled fires and explosions in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover killed one person, injured dozens and ...

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DataOnline Acquires Independent Technologies

DataOnline announced that it acquired Independent Technologies, whose largest division, Wesroc, is a provider of tank monitoring systems to the North American propane market, offering cellular, satellite, and LoRa technology. Along with DataOnline’s recent acquisition of Germany-based Wikon GmbH, the combined businesses will serve more than 1,000 customers in more than 75 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, DataOnline ...

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Congress Urged to Renew NORA

Trade groups and 10 U.S. senators and representatives called on Congress to permanently reauthorize a check-off program that funds the National Oilheat Research Alliance. The current authorization is set to expire on Feb. 6, 2019. The trade groups include the New England Fuel Institute, state trade associations, the National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals, and the National Biodiesel ...

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