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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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REG Names Cynthia Warner as CEO

Cynthia (CJ) Warner has been named president and chief executive officer of Renewable Energy Group, Inc., the company’s board of directors announced on Dec. 6. The appointment is effective Jan. 14, at which time she will also join the Board of Directors. Randy Howard, who has served as president and CEO since July 2017, will remain on the board and ...

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Quarles Petroleum to Acquire Revere Gas

Quarles Petroleum, Inc., a regional provider of residential and commercial fuel headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, signed a purchase agreement to acquire Revere Gas, a third generation, family-owned retail propane gas distributor based in Hartfield, Virginia. The purchase is expected to close by the end of the year, according to a news release. “The Revere Gas delivery area complements our existing ...

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Haffner’s Energy Acquires Ayer Oil

HEG Inc., doing business as Haffner’s Energy Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy North Inc., Lawrence, Mass. acquired the full-service fuels business of Ayer Oil Co. of Ayer, Mass., Cetane Associates announced. Ayer Oil is a home comfort business that has delivered premium heating oil and HVAC services throughout north-central Massachusetts since 1967. Haffner’s operations are in northeastern Massachusetts, southeastern ...

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Bottini Fuel Pleads Guilty; Agrees to Pay More Than $3.2 Million

Bottini Fuel pleaded guilty to falsifying business records and agreed to pay more than $3.2 million in restitution and civil damages, the New York Attorney General announced. The criminal conviction of Morgan Fuel & Heating Company, Inc., which conducts business as Bottini Fuel, was for falsifying business records to improperly divert credit balances belonging to individual, business, and government customers—including ...

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Palmer Gas & Oil Acquires Lamprey Energy

Palmer Gas & Oil of Atkinson, N.H., acquired the assets of Lamprey Energy of North Hampton, N.H., announced Cetane Associates, which said it served as financial advisor to the buyer. Established in 1923 as Lamprey Brothers to sell wood, coal, and ice, Lamprey Energy is a full-service energy business offering the delivery of heating fuels and home comfort services in ...

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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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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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