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How Energy Independent is America?

Growing U.S. oil production has led to recent calls by the oil industry to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude exports. At issue are U.S. policies that were enacted following the Middle East oil embargo back in 1973.
Growing U.S. oil production has led to recent calls by the oil industry to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude exports. At issue are U.S. policies that were enacted following the… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/how-energy-independent-america/

Proposed Rule Would Shake Up Drug & Alcohol Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released the long awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse. Required by Congress and requested by industry figures, this regimen w…
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released the long awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/proposed-rule-would-shake-drug-alcohol-testing/

A Busy Energy Agenda for 2014

In January, a group of U.S. Senators announced their creation of a new Climate Action Task Force to put the climate change issue front and center.
In January, a group of U.S. Senators announced their creation of a new Climate Action Task Force to put the climate change issue front and center. Meanwhile, the president of… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/busy-energy-agenda-2014/

Lack of Readiness Delays CDL Rule Revisions

Don’t give up your Medical Certificate just yet. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delayed implementation for another year.
Don’t give up your Medical Certificate just yet. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delayed implementation for another year. The new medical certificate… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/lack-readiness-delays-cdl-rule-revisions/

Natural Gas Supply Into New England Appears to Max Out, Driving Gas Prices Higher

On December 30th Con Edison, National Grid and Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) all notified their “interruptible customers” that they needed to stop burning natural gas on January 3rd, 2014 due to a forecasted cold air mass expected to envelop t…
On December 30th Con Edison, National Grid and Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) all notified their “interruptible customers” that they needed to stop burning natural gas… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/natural-gas-supply-new-england-appears-max-out-driving-gas-prices-higher/

Making the Case for Oilheat

Associations file reports refuting the value of fuel conversion
Associations file reports refuting the value of fuel conversion   With state agencies in Massachusetts, New York and other states introducing plans to expand natural gas… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/making-case-oilheat/

Trunzo: What’s Up with NatGas Supplies During ‘Cold Weather’?

“Con Edison is interrupting Gas Sales and Transportation Notification Customers beginning Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:00 A.M…” “…as a courtesy of National Grid. An interruption of natural gas service has been scheduled for all Temperature Controlled,…
EDITOR’S NOTE: During the extended stretch of polar vortex-induced cold that began in late December, utilities switched interruptible customers off of natural gas due to excessive… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/trunzo-whats-natgas-supplies-during-cold-weather/

State of Defense: Oilheat Dealers Work Together to Resist the Threat of Government-Sponsored Natural Gas Expansion

Officials in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York are pursuing natural gas expansion.
Oilheat dealers are working together to defend the industry against a new generation of competitive threats launched by state officials trying to expand the natural gas footprint… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/state-defense-oilheat-dealers-work-together-resist-threat-government-sponsored-natural-gas-expansion/

Ethanol: Bad Environmental Policy?

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to reduce ethanol-blending goals in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), media attention turned to the ethanol boom, its impact and ethanol’s questionable environmental benefits.
Just about the same time as the U.S.    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to reduce ethanol-blending goals in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), media… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ethanol-bad-environmental-policy/

FMCSA Faces Onslaught of Government Investigations

As widely reported in industry news media, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is demanding an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It turns out they aren’t the only ones. The Department of Transportation’s Office of the I…
As widely reported in industry news media, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is demanding an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It turns out… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/fmcsa-faces-onslaught-government-investigations/

Defined Contribution Adds Flexibility for Employers, Employees

The concept of Defined Contribution (“DC”) has been utilized for years in cafeteria and 401(k)/retirement offerings. Defined Contribution or DC is a dynamic change to the manner in which employee benefits, specifically health insurance, will be offered as…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is adapted from the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association CEMA Pipeline newsletter with the permission of the Association and GBAC. The… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/defined-contribution-adds-flexibility-employers-employees/

How to Determine Company Requirements Under ACA

How does the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) apply to seasonal employees that you retain from year to year?
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is adapted from the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association CEMA Pipeline newsletter with the permission of the Association and GBAC. Many… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/how-determine-company-requirements-under-aca/

Marketers Come to Terms With Obamacare Requirements

Regional heating and energy associations provide assistance for members to meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements.
ALTHOUGH THE FEDERAL IMPLEMENTATION OF the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a struggle, company owners are not excused from their obligations under the law, and many are… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/marketers-come-terms-obamacare-requirements/

NTSB Demands Audit of FMCSA

Schadenfruede. That’s not a typo — it’s a (long) German word that means taking pleasure at the misfortune of others. There are going to be plenty of motor carriers feeling that way this month, as the National Transportation Safety Board has laid a broadsi…
Schadenfruede. That’s not a typo — it’s a (long) German word that means taking pleasure at the misfortune of others. There are going to be plenty of motor carriers feeling that… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ntsb-demands-audit-fmcsa/

Regulators Rule on Conn. Natural Gas Expansion

Energy marketers in Connecticut face a long, tough battle with the natural gas utilities after state regulators gave their preliminary approval to a plan to grow the state’s natural gas customer base. Chris Herb, President of the Connecticut Energy Mar…
Energy marketers in Connecticut face a long, tough battle with the natural gas utilities after state regulators gave their preliminary approval to a plan to grow the state’s… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/regulators-rule-conn-natural-gas-expansion/

EPA Reduces RFS Volumes

In November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed volume requirements for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal would scale back next year’s total renewable fuel volumes from 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion…
In November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed volume requirements for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal would scale back next… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/epa-reduces-rfs-volumes/

ACEEE Again Names Mass. Most Efficient State

Massachusetts is the most energy efficient state in the nation for the third year in a row, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
Massachusetts is the most energy efficient state in the nation for the third year in a row, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/aceee-again-names-mass-most-efficient-state/

New SMS Requirements Are Just Common Sense

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION’S (FCC’s) new rules on business-to- customer text messaging might send a chill up your spine, but compliance is easier than you might think.
THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION’S (FCC’s) new rules on business-to- customer text messaging might send a chill up your spine, but compliance is easier than you might… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-sms-requirements-are-just-common-sense/

Mass. Marketers Confront State’s Pro-Gas Initiative

Like their colleagues in Connecticut and New York State, Massachusetts Oilheat marketers find themselves fighting an apparent alliance of state regulators and utilities bent on replacing heating oil with natural gas. Michael Ferrante, President of the …
Like their colleagues in Connecticut and New York State, Massachusetts Oilheat marketers find themselves fighting an apparent alliance of state regulators and utilities bent on… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/mass-marketers-confront-states-pro-gas-initiative/

FMCSA Announces 17 Minor Rule Changes

While the rest of the government was shut down, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration quietly issued a large number of small rule changes to comply with this summer’s MAP-21 Transportation bill. Below are the 17 rule changes FMCSA has made to …
While the rest of the government was shut down, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration quietly issued a large number of small rule changes to comply with this summer’s… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/fmcsa-announces-17-minor-rule-changes/

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