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ATRI: Pot Plus Driving Pose Safety Challenge

With more states legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana, professional truck drivers are more likely to be sharing the roadway with car drivers operating under the influence of marijuana, the American Transportation Research Institute said upon releasing research on the subject. ATRI said its research sought to document the most promising methods to identify and deter marijuana-impaired driving. The study ...

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Motor Fuel Marketers Oppose EPA’s RIN Market Proposal

Motor fuel marketers criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations that would reform the market for Renewable Identification Numbers. The proposed changes to the market for RINs, which are the “credits” that EPA uses to ensure that refiners satisfy their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), would create chaos in the RIN market and reduce incentives for fuel retailers ...

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Maine Opposes Effort to Expand Offshore Drilling

Maine will not participate in the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, Gov. Janet Mills announced. In a letter to OCSGC chair and Alabama governor Kay Ivey, Mills wrote that the organization’s “work promoting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling is incompatible with Maine’s interests.” Mills emphasized Maine’s bipartisan opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling and her commitment ...

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Sweet to Depart NYPGA

Shane Sweet, executive director/technical director for the New York Propane Gas Association, announced that he is leaving his position at the end of March. Sweet told Fuel Oil News that he was leaving to pursue an opportunity with a mid-Atlantic-based distributorship and consultancy, Van Smith Company. An energy industry veteran, Sweet is a former executive director of the Vermont Fuel ...

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ATA Backs Trump’s Call to Restore Infrastructure

President Trump called for a national, bipartisan effort to restore declining infrastructure during his State of the Union address. American Trucking Associations’ President and CEO Chris Spears applauded the President’s proactive call to address aging infrastructure and modernizing trade relationships with Mexico and Canada. “Restoring our national infrastructure to greatness will further ignite our economy, make us more competitive abroad, ...

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Gail Bourne: 1952-2019

Gail Bourne, an entrepreneur who founded Wheel House Designs, a novelty sock business that grew to more than $2 million in annual revenue, died on Jan. 26 at her home in Morrisville, Vermont, the New England Fuel Institute reported. Bourne was 66. She was known to NEFI members through her marriage to Peter Bourne, president and CEO of Bourne’s Energy. ...

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RIDOT to Build Next Ten Tolling Gantries

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to proceed with construction of another ten tolling gantries in the state. The FHWA had reviewed the environmental assessment submitted by RIDOT and issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) which clears the path for construction, the Rhode Island DOT said. In its letter, the ...

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OBITUARY: Star Group CEO Steven Goldman, 58

Steven J. Goldman, president and chief executive officer of Star Group, died suddenly on Dec. 22, the company announced. He was 58. “It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of our long-time CEO and colleague, Steve Goldman,” Paul Vermylen, Star’s chairman, said in a Dec. 24 statement. “Having known Steve for almost fifteen years, I can speak for the ...

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Sharp Energy Acquires Propane Sales and Delivery Business of R.F. Ohl

Sharp Energy acquired the propane sales and delivery business of R.F. Ohl, Lehighton, Pa. “This acquisition is a strategic fit for our family of businesses and will extend Sharp Energy’s reach to new customers, communities and businesses in Pennsylvania,” Michael P. McMasters, president and chief executive officer of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., Dover, Del., the parent company of Sharp Energy, said ...

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Trump Signs Farm Bill, Reauthorizing NORA Till 2029

President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 20 signed into law a bill extending the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) for ten years. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, referred to as the Farm Bill, includes reauthorization of the NORA program through Feb. 6, 2029, the New England Fuel Institute noted in an email to members shortly after Trump signed the ...

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