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Members to see ‘Promised Land’

Published: 1/3/13 @ 12:00


Members to see ‘Promised Land’

BOARDMAN

Frackfree America members are planning to attend the opening of “Promised Land” on Friday at 2 p.m. at Regal Cinema South 10 theater at 7420 South Ave.

“Promised Land” focuses on talks about the process of fracking, where sand, water and chemicals are pumped into shale at high pressure to release natural gas and oil trapped within the rock thousands of feet underground.

Detailed plans for Friday’s trip to the movie can be found on the home page at www.frackfreeamerica.org.

Gas-cost projection

Erie, pa.

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. has submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission its required annual purchased gas-cost projection for gas purchases to be made from Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014.

The company is projecting an increase in overall gas-supply charges totaling approximately $16.7 million per year in this state-required filing. If approved as filed, in August 2013, the monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 90,000 cubic feet of natural gas annually would increase $7.02 from $76.61 to $83.63 per month or by 9.2 percent.

Customers are advised that this is just a forecast for prices to be experienced next winter (2013-14) and that it must be reviewed thoroughly and approved by the utilities commission before becoming effective. Additionally, upon review, this forecast will be adjusted to reflect actual and more- current market prices as the year progresses. No gas- supply cost change is being made at this time.

Ribbon-cutting set

ellwood city, pa.

The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce will be doing a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of Perpetual Childhood Boutique on Friday just before noon at 506 Lawrence Ave. in Ellwood City. The new owners of Perpetual Childhood Boutique will open from noon until 8 p.m.; Saturday hours are noon to 6 p.m.

Avis buying Zipcar

NEW YORK

Avis is leaping into the car-sharing service business by buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, aiming to capture a new type of customer and technology that will vastly expand its car- rental options.

Car-sharing has become a popular alternative to traditional rentals in metropolitan areas and on college campuses, allowing members to get a vehicle for an hour or two for short trips instead of renting a car for a day or using mass transit. The segment has been growing while traditional car rentals have struggled in the current slow-growth economy.

Zipcar, which was founded in 2000, has more than 760,000 members, triple what it had in 2008. It went public in 2011, and 2012 is expected to be its first profitable year. Avis Budget Group Inc. is the third-largest U.S. rental-car company, behind Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Hertz Global Holdings Inc.

Vindicator staff/wire reports