The Shaffer Family of Hooversville – Pennsylvania Propane Family Portrait Series 2017

In 2014, PAPGA launched a new documentary-style video portrait series entitled ‘Pennsylvania Propane Family Portaits’.

These videos are designed to celebrate the many family-owned and operated Propane business across the commonwealth. The videos are first shown exclusively to the attendees at the association’s Fall Membership Meeting and then posted on several platforms for all interested viewers to enjoy. 

The Fourth Edition of the Family Portrait Series features the Shaffer Family of Hooversville, PA. The story begins with the young and forward-thinking Daniel Shaffer, who opens a hardware store in 1901 to support area miners and farmers. The story progresses through five generations of the family, including the 1995 launch of Shaffer’s Bottled Gas (SBG) and the many years of service to their community. 

We hope that you enjoy this year’s portrait video:

 

The Shaffer Family of Hooversville, PA

Learn more about Shaffer’s Bottled Gas (SBG) at SBGcomfort.com

Learn more about Daniel Shaffer’s Inc at DanielShaffersInc.com

Watch other editions of the Portrait Series at this link

2017 PAPGA Football Sweepstakes Launched

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association has launched our 2017 Football Sweepstakes. One lucky winner (and three guests) will experience a lifetime of memories in Happy Valley as the Penn State Dittany Lions host the Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 18th, 2017.

If you are at least 18 years old and a resident of Pennsylvania, you can enter to win the Grand Prize Pack on our Facebook Page and/or at this link

Grand Prize includes Hotel Accommodations for two nights, a field visit, four great seats and much Delete repeated word more!

Additional information and Official Rules at this link

Sweepstakes ends on November 7th. You can enter once per day until then and you will receive a bonus entry for every social media referral. So, please tell your friends and family. Who knows?…, if they win, they may take YOU to the game!

Best of luck to all who enter!

Safety First as we Enter the Holiday Weekend and Football Season

The beginning of Football Season is always an exciting time in the Keystone State! The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association wants to remind our customers to take a quick refresher on Grilling Safety and other important tips to ensure a fun experience outdoors this fall.

Small Cylinder Safety is equally as important, as we look to transport and refill Cylinders in advance of the Holiday get together with friends & family. Check out this informative video for a few great tips!

If you have any questions or just need some advice from a professional, just contact your local Propane Marketer or find the nearest providers at this link.

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry. PAPGA continues to focus on education, networking and representing the interest of Pennsylvania’s propane businesses to the government, while assisting members in remaining current on topics vital to the propane industry. The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is affiliated with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).

DOT Halts 10-Year Cylinder Requalification Enforcement

DOT Halts 10-Year Cylinder Requalification Enforcement Pending Further Review

NPGA has received formal notice from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) that the agency will not take enforcement action against the requalification of DOT-specification cylinders by volumetric testing according to a 12-year period, as previously authorized in 49 CFR 180.209(e). PHMSA will allow either a 12 or 10 year requalification period for volumetric expansion testing while the agency reviews NPGA’s Petition to return the cylinder requalification period to 12 years. A copy of the Enforcement Notification is available through the membership portal of the NPGA website. Members are encouraged to retain a copy of the notice.

NPGA argued for PHMSA to halt enforcement of the change in the requalification period and challenged the validity of the rulemaking that reduced the requalification period to 10 years. PHMSA formally accepted NPGA’s Petition for Rulemaking to return the cylinder requalification period to 12 years, in conjunction with the Enforcement Notice, and in doing so, the agency’s action initiates the rulemaking process; it is not a final rule. The next step in the rulemaking process is publication of the rulemaking in the Federal Register.

As we reported previously, as part of a broader rulemaking, PHMSA changed 49 CFR 180.209(e) to reduce the initial requalification period for DOT cylinders following volumetric expansion testing from 12 years to 10 years and to increase the timeframe for requalification following a proof pressure test from 7 years to 10 years. Nowhere, in either the proposed rule or final rule, did PHMSA provide any rationale or substantiation for the changes or address them in any form.

In response, NPGA aggressively pursued this issue with PHMSA and engaged the support of members of Congress as well as prepared legal measures in order to secure a correction to this substantive, yet unjustified change to industry practice. NPGA continues to communicate with PHMSA on final correction to return to the 12 year period through the rulemaking process. NPGA will continue to keep you apprised of developments.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Caldarera at mcaldarera@npga.org or Sarah Reboli at sreboli@npga.org.

Mariner East 2 Pipeline Project Gains DEP Permits

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) today issued the following statement after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued permits late Monday, Feb. 13 that will allow construction to begin on the Mariner East 2 pipeline project:

“The Mariner East 2 pipeline project will benefit our industry by bringing more product to market, which will help the communities we serve and the customers who rely on us. The project also will bring thousands of construction jobs that will provide a boost all along the pipeline route and across the state. This is a unique opportunity for our commonwealth. Since our founding in 1947, PAPGA has made education and safety our top priority. We appreciate the work DEP has done to review this project, and we’re happy with the agency’s vote of confidence, knowing that this pipeline will be developed responsibly and operated safely for the benefit of all Pennsylvania.”

– Mark Delehanty, PAPGA Board of Director, Independence Propane, Green Lane, PA

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry. PAPGA continues to focus on education, networking and representing the interest of Pennsylvania’s propane businesses to the government, while assisting members in remaining current on topics vital to the propane industry. The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is affiliated with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).

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