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Columbia Gas to Replace Merrimack Valley Distribution System After Fires, Explosions, a Death and Dozens of Injuries

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts committed to a complete replacement of the natural gas distribution system in the Merrimack Valley after gas-fueled fires and explosions in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover on Thursday, Sept. 13. One person was killed, dozens were injured and thousands were displaced by the fires and explosions, The Boston Globe and other news outlets reported. Columbia Gas is ...

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Star Group Offers 25% Matching AEC Contribution

The American Energy Coalition announced that for the sixth straight year, Star Group L.P. (comprising Petro, Meenan, Champion, Griffith, Carroll and others) will match all contributions to the AEC Fall Fundraising Campaign with 25 cents on every dollar contributed. The decision by Star Group President and CEO Steven J. Goldman, first announced by Star Group Senior Vice President of Acquisitions ...

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Energy Distribution Partners Acquires Carolina Propane

Energy Distribution Partners, based in Chicago, Ill., acquired Carolina Propane Gas Corp. of Orangeburg, S.C. EDP announced the acquisition on Aug. 30. Carolina Propane was established by the Watford family in 1994 and has served residential, commercial and agricultural customers for nearly 25 years. Besides its headquarters in Orangeburg, Carolina Propane has a second location in St. Matthews, S.C. Carolina ...

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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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Feds to Seek Comment on Revising HOS; NEFI Hails Move

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is seeking public comment on revising hours-of-service regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers. Regulations related to short-haul operations, adverse driving conditions, 30-minute breaks, and split sleeper-berths could change as a result. “The New England Fuel Institute applauds FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez for his leadership in pursuing ...

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​Diesel Direct Acquires Volta Oil Co.

Diesel Direct, Inc. of Stoughton, Mass., acquired the commercial and marina fuel services assets of Volta Oil Co., Inc. of Plymouth, Mass., Cetane Associates announced Aug. 16. Cetane Associates served as the sole arranger and financial advisor to the seller. Volta Oil is an energy services provider operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The company provides gas station fuel dealer services and support, and ...

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Hop Energy Acquires Cernak Fuel Corp.

HOP Energy of White Plains, N.Y., acquired the assets of Cernak Fuel Corp. of Easthampton, Mass., announced Cetane Associates, which served as the sole arranger and financial advisor to the seller. Cernak Fuel Corp. is a marketer of heating oil, kerosene, and diesel fuel to residential and small commercial customers throughout central Massachusetts. All of Cernak’s employees will continue to work from the existing ...

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Obituary: Paul S. Marston, Founder of Abenaqui Carriers

Paul Stuart Marston, founder and president of P.S. Marston Associates, dba Abenaqui Carriers in North Hampton, N.H., and an advocate for tanker truck transportation, died on July 31 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire. He was 75 years old. A self-made man and serial entrepreneur, Marston started the former Abercrombie & Finch Restaurant, Candia Woods and The Oaks golf ...

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Shipley Energy Launches Seth Energy in Wake of Worley & Obetz Bankruptcy

Shipley Energy announced the launch of a new division in cooperation with Seth Obetz called Seth Energy that will be focused on growing the company’s presence in Lancaster and other southeastern Pennsylvania counties. The creation of the new division is one result of a bankruptcy filing by Worley & Obetz, Manheim, Pa., parent company of Amerigreen Energy Inc., Amerigreen Propane Inc., ...

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New Hampshire Sets 15 ppm Sulfur Level: Effective July 1

Effective July 1, all heating oil imported into the state of New Hampshire must be at the 15-ppm level, reports the Energy Marketers Association of New Hampshire. A bill signed on June 27 by Gov. Christopher T. Sununu established the requirement along with an amendment that the association requested, Robert J. Sculley, executive director of the association, wrote in an ...

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