2016 Football Sweepstakes Winner Announced

Jennifer Sek of Bethlehem, PA has been named the Grand Prize Winner in the PAPGA 2016 Football Sweepstakes!

Jennifer’s name was randomly selected from just over 700 entries this year. We would like to thank everyone who entered and we appreciate your enthusiasm. Please continue to follow www.facebook.com/PaPropane and www.twitter.com/papga for upcoming sweepstakes and useful information from the energy world.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our marketer members will keep working hard to keep you warm and safe this winter and beyond!

Pennsylvania Propane Family Portraits Series: The Barber Family of Ebensburg

The 3rd installment of the Pennsylvania Propane Family Portrait Series. Follow the vision of Dick Barber, the son of Italian Immigrants Katrina and Sam Barbiere, as he built the family business from scratch. Barber Oil & Propane is celebrating 50 years in business in 2016.

Propane Water Heaters: Save Money and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Is it time to pull the plug on your water heater?

You may not spend too much time thinking about your water heater. But even if it’s out of sight, out of mind, it’s still working hard for you, day after day. That means it ages fast; a year for you is like 10 for your water heater. So how old is yours really?

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education & Research Council have developed a short but very informative quiz to see if it’s time to pull the plug on your old water heater, and start shopping for a newer, more efficient propane system.

Hit this link to take the quiz!

Home Improvement Expert Danny Lipford tells us a little more about Propane-Powered Water Heaters, including the amazing efficiency of Tankless Propane Water Heaters in this video!

If you want to learn more about propane water heaters, contact your local propane provider. If you need help locating a local expert, use this link to enter your zip code and we will provide contact information for you.

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).


Hours of Service Waiver Extends Maximum Driving Time for Motor Carriers Transporting Fuels

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

January 27, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards has signed an hours of service waiver to extend the maximum driving time to 14 hours for motor carriers engaged in the transportation of fuels.

The waiver was effective as of January 26, 2016 at midnight and remains in effect until February 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Exemption is also granted from the requirements of the 60/70-hour limits rule. This rule requires drivers to stop driving upon accumulating 60 or 70 on-duty hours (including all on-duty and driving time) over a period of seven or eight consecutive days, respectively. Any period of seven or eight consecutive days may end with the beginning of any off-duty period of 34 or more consecutive hours.

Drivers are reminded that the waiver must be in their possession when traveling extended hours. This also only applies when the contents being transported are exclusively listed under the “Type of Operation.”

For the latest information regarding the state’s response emergency response efforts, visit www.pema.pa.gov.

Media contact:  Rich Kirkpatrick, Transportation – 717-783-8800, rikirkpatr@pa.gov       


The text of the waiver follows:


HARRISBURG, PA 17101-1900

Pursuant to the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued by the Governor on January 21, 2016, 75 Pa. C.S. §6108, and the authority granted in 49 C.F.R. §390.23 and 67 Pa. Code Chapter 231, the waivers in this exemption apply to certain motor carriers engaged in operations necessary to respond to the emergency declared by the Governor. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hereby issues the following exemption:
TYPE OF OPERATION: Transportation of propane gas and oil for hearting purposes.
EXTENT OF EXEMPTION: Amends Exemption 2016-01 relating to the requirement to comply with driver hour of service limitations.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 25, 2016 2400 hours.
TERMINATION DATE: February 6, 2016 2359 hours.
1. This exemption applies statewide to the transportation of propane gas and oil for heating purposes.
2. The maximum driving time is extended from 11 hours to 14 hours. Ten consecutive hours off-duty must be taken between the 14 hours of driving time.
3. Operators are exempted from the requirements of the 60/70 hour rule.
4. This waiver does not otherwise exempt these motor carriers and drivers from the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code (Title 75), the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18), and motor carrier regulations at 67 Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 231 and 49 C. F. R. Parts 390 – 399.
5. Title 67, Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 175, Vehicle Equipment and Inspection, remains in effect for all vehicles registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

DATE: January 25, 2016

Leslie S. Richards
Secretary of Transportation