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The Deep Freeze 2015

By Charles Bursey By the time this article arrives in your mailbox, the snow and cold will most likely have faded away and the spring flowers will be starting to show. However, I’m sure that we will be reflecting on the Deep Freeze of 2015, long after. As I reflect, many of the oil dealers and service technicians that I ...

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Good Vibrations

By Shane Sweet In February, I received an invite to attend an energy symposium at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute “RPI” in Troy New York.  The event, sponsored and offered by the New York State Center for Future Energy Systems, a.k.a. “CFES,” focused on energy materials, device development and testing, and systems engineering. At first blush the invitation struck me as ...

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To hedge or not to hedge

We, or more specifically I, take a look at hedging in this issue of the magazine. I’ll never admit to being a true expert on such subjects—I often say that if I were I would be enjoying a cocktail on my private yacht somewhere off a tropical island instead of editing a trade magazine.

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Regulating the Oldest Renewable Fuel

By Keith Reid One of our news items in the Dateline section covers the EPA establishing new emission standards for future generations of wood heaters and stoves. The regulations are targeted at new wood stoves, while establishing federal air standards for other new wood heaters including outdoor and indoor wood-fired boilers. So far, they do not apply to existing wood ...

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Burner Out Calls

Some of these calls have been so interesting that I have even gone with a company representative to visit the job site.

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Call it a Wrap!

By now, I know most of you have noticed that several oil, mechanical companies and even Dunkin Donut’s have been wrapping their vehicles with some pretty fancy and eye catching advertising designs.

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Lawyers Gone Wild

By Steve Abbate  There is a classic holiday movie called A Christmas Story. The story revolves around Ralphie, a young boy who wants a Daisy Red Ryder Range Model 1938 Air Rifle BB Gun for Christmas. In one scene, Ralphie’s younger brother is dressed by his mother to go to school. The mother puts several sweaters and coats on the brother ...

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APP-Propriate

Our industry workforce has long been what many deem as “traditional.” Relationships between employees and employers have been (and remain in some cases) decades long, built on one-on-one associations grounded in trust, respect, family ties and the like.  I know dozens of people that have not only been in the fuel business for 40+ years, but half of them have ...

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My, How Things Have Changed

By Keith Reid I first started reporting on the petroleum industry in 1999. At that time, the conventional wisdom was fairly well established. The United States would never again be a major oil producer. Demand for refined products, particularly gasoline, would continue an inexorable increase. Conventional oil throughout the world would become scarce. Prices would continue to rise upward. That ...

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