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Fuel Oil News July 2016

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10 JULY 2016 | FUEL OIL NEWS | www.fueloilnews.com STATE BY STATE NEWS New Hampshire Governor Hassan has signed both SB309 and HB1195 into law, reports OHCNH Executive Director Robert J. Sculley. SB309 will reduce the sulfur content in heating fuel to 15ppm effective July 1, 2018. New Hampshire will now have the same heating fuel standards as all of the New England states by that date. HB1195 makes house cleaning changes to the pre-buy contract law that was changed two years ago with the demise of Fred Fuller Company. There was confusion on whether fuel dealers had to treat cap programs the same as pre-buy contracts, the marketing of pre-buy programs as part of all the services a dealer offers and allowing com- mercial accounts to request a pre-buy contract during the blackout period of November 1 through April 30 of the next year. All of these issues were addressed. There are now no restrictions on cap programs, a dealer may market all of the services they offer including pre-buy contracts as long as it is not listed separately from all other services and it may not include a price offer between November 1 through April 30. Lastly a commercial account as well as residential customers may approach a dealer during the blackout period regarding pre-buy contracts. All of these changes addressed in HB1195 go into effect July 19, 2016. Pennsylvania Extends Comment Period on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline T h e P e n n s y l v a n i a D e p a r t m e n t of Environmental Protection has extended the comment period on water obstruction and encroachment permits related to the proposed Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline. The comment period will be extended for 60 days and will close on Aug. 1, 2016. The water obstruction and encroachment permits can be viewed in the April 30, 2016 PA Bulletin beginning on page 6: http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol46/46-18/46-18.pdf. A full draft Environmental Impact Statement of the Atlantic Sunrise project can be found on the FERC website. l F O N

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