Statement On Propane Transportation And Infrastructure Issues

For more information, contact:
Shelby L. Metzger
717.441.6040
Shelby@papropane.com

Harrisburg, PA – The supply of propane across the United States is strong. Recent supply data reveals that in 2013 propane production in the United States increased by nearly 1 billion gallons. During the five year period from 2008 through 2013, U.S. propane production increased by 2.6 billion gallons.

In the late fall of 2013 a number of separate events occurred that, when combined, exacerbated the effects of the transportation and infrastructure problems in the propane distribution network.

First, an unusually wet harvesting season and a bumper corn crop in the mid-west meant farmers were requesting significantly more propane for crop drying than they normally use during the harvest season.

Second, pipeline maintenance and changing pipeline flow patterns are a factor. The Cochin pipeline, which traverses North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio and operates 5 propane terminals in the U.S., was closed for maintenance most of December. The pipeline reopened on December 20.

Third, there is reduced capacity for propane transports via rail. Due to the growth in the availability of shale energy, and the lack of pipeline infrastructure in the areas that contain this energy, rail cars that would normally carry propane have been repurposed to carry raw NGLs from the Bakken shale formation before being fractionated in to propane, ethane, etc. This means that a primary mode of transporting propane around the country now has reduced capacity.

Finally, proposals to build primary storage facilities are collecting dust on the desks of government officials across the U.S. For example, one application for a critical storage facility for New York and New England has been awaiting approval from members Governor Cuomo’s cabinet since 2009. The Finger Lakes LPG Storage Facility would house 88.2 million gallons of propane and connect to the existing TEPPCO interstate pipeline and ship propane via truck and railcar.

The current proposal calls for a rail/truck loading facility that is capable of being operated on a 24hour basis 365 days a year. To highlight the importance of this storage facility, New England accounts for 7% of national total consumer propane demand, but holds only 1.2% of total primary propane storage capacity. Independent analysis estimates average heating season consumption in New England at just under 3 million gallons per day.

In conclusion, the propane supply in the United States remains the strongest it has been in recent memory. What Pennsylvania customers are feeling are the results of a strained transportation and infrastructure system that are masquerading as a propane shortage.

 

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association 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.

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Governor Corbett Eases Restrictions to Ensure Propane Deliveries

Harrisburg, PA – On January 9th, Governor Tom Corbett took action to temporarily waive certain restrictions on commercial drivers to help ensure uninterrupted deliveries of propane gas and heating oil in Pennsylvania.

The action temporarily waives the normal federal hours of service requirements for drivers of trucks carrying these goods. Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. The limit for driving hours is extended to 14 hours.

“We appreciate this action taken by Governor Corbett,” said Shelby Metzger, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association, “It will assist the propane industry in meeting our customer’s needs as a result of the frigid weather Pennsylvania recently experienced.”

Exemption is also granted from the requirements of the 60/70-hour limits rule. The 60/70-hour limits 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.

“Safety is and will continue to be of utmost importance to all our drivers during the waiver,” Metzger also added.

The waiver will remain in place through January 25.

Click here to view the PennDOT Exemption from Secretary of Transportation Barry J. Schoch, P.E. 

Click here to view Governor Corbett’s proclamation.

 

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association 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.

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Keep Your Family Safe This Winter

Harrisburg, PA – Winter has officially begun. The cold and windy months ahead can sometimes cause a strain on your home’s energy system.  Now is a good time to review safety preparedness information with the entire family.

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association provides an easy to access link to 16 Interactive Consumer Safety Modules on our website – www.Papropane.com

These modules feature important tips for dealing with weather and other conditions that may interrupt heating systems and appliances. The modules also contain very important information about how to handle situations during power outages, storms and other potentially-hazardous events.

Here are a few examples of safety tips within the Winter Storm Preparedness Module:

  • Use a broom instead of a shovel when clearing snow from outdoor vents, tanks and flues so as to not cause any damage
  • Review the exact location of your main propane valve so that you can turn it off (clockwise) if you smell gas. Do not attempt to turn the valve off until you are sure that there are no open flames, smoking materials or sparks present in the home. If you suspect any of these, leave the area immediately and call 911
  • When returning after a power outage, use flashlights and not candles when you enter your property until you are sure that there are no leaks

In addition to Winter Storm Preparedness, there are modules featuring Power Outages, Carbon Monoxide Safety, Pilot Lights, Space Heaters and other important topics. At the end of each module, there is a short quiz that you can take to discover what you have learned.

Our website also features a direct link to ‘Propane Kids’, another interactive site that features fun activities and resources for kids to explore.

The members of PAPGA wish you and your family a safe and joyous holiday season. Thank you for reviewing the information on our website. 

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association 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.

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NMIH Propane Industry Exhibit Progressing

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Shelby L. Metzger
717.441.6040
Shelby@papropane.com

Bethlehem, PA – A group of Industry Leaders recently met in the National Museum of Industrial History to continue progress on the Museum’s Propane Industry Exhibit. 

The group included Bob Nicholson, Chairman of the Board for Eastern Propane and Propane Exhibit Chair; Steve Donches, President and CEO of the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH); Ed Mooney, Principal of Ed Mooney Museum Design;  Joe Rose, President of the Propane Gas Association of New England; Shelby Metzger, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association, Bill Curcio, Executive Vice President of Eastern Propane; Mark Delehanty, President of Independence Propane; John Pearston, Safety and Training Coordinator for Eastern Propane; and Rita Pecilunas, President of Strategic Marketing Resources.

The group reviewed the Propane Exhibit design and proposed lay-out of the museum, which will include exhibits on the foundations of American Industry: steel, textiles, machinery, and propane. The former Bethlehem Steel building has been rehabbed and the group was able to tour the large facility. The museum managers are in the process of soliciting bids to begin the prototypes and construction for the exhibits with a targeted completion date of late 2014/early 2015.

“We’re so proud that the exhibit will be housed here in Pennsylvania, where Propane was discovered”, said PAPGA Executive Director Shelby Metzger. “It’s been over 12 years since the original vision for this project and we are excited to enter the final stages of development”.

For more information or to contribute to the construction fund for the Propane Industry Exhibit, contact Bob Nicholson at (973) 729-0100.

Click Here to View Images from the meeting at NMIH, via the PAPGA Facebook Page.

Click Here to view an archived video featuring NMIH during last year’s Tri-State Propane Industry Meeting held in Bethlehem, PA.

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PAPGA Symposium Illustrates the Proven Technology that is Propane AutoGas

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Shelby L. Metzger
717.441.6040
Shelby@papropane.com

Harrisburg, PA – More than 17 million vehicles are powered by Propane AutoGas worldwide, including 270,000 in the United States. AutoGas is now a proven technology that enjoys environmental, cost and safety advantages over foreign-produced vehicle fuels such as gasoline and diesel.

The benefits of converting public and private vehicles to AutoGas were presented and discussed at a Symposium hosted by PAPGA on July 17th at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College.

‘AutoGas is safe, reliable, abundant and American made’ said Michael Taylor of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), who began an impressive lineup of Presenters.

Chelsea Jenkins of Roush CleanTech talked about the company’s dedication to AutoGas moving forward, stating ‘Unlike other alternative fuels such as E85, Propane can and will survive without Federal incentives’.

Mason Hemphill of Brightbill Body Works demonstrated the quiet start up of a Propane Powered Blue Bird Vision School Bus for all attendees of the symposium. ‘Eventually, School Districts will want to go green, plus buy fuel that is produced and processed right here in Pennsylvania’.

School Districts nationwide are rapidly converting their fleets to Propane AutoGas from Diesel due to the tremendous benefits such as:

  • Up to 30% savings on fuel costs
  • Up to 80% reduction in smog-forming emissions
  • Increased Safety due to lower flammability range and 20 times more puncture resistant fuel tanks
  • 50% quieter engines allowing drivers to better hear and focus on surroundings

FYDA Energy Solutions is converting 30 vehicles per week to Propane AutoGas from a territory that includes Western PA. ‘Over 250 Public Vehicles are now being powered by Propane in Pittsburgh alone, with many more on the way this year’, said Director of Business Development Tim Hooker.

Propane Marketers region-wide are stepping up their efforts to educate Fleet Managers, Business Owners and Consumers as to the benefits of using AutoGas. For the nearest expert in your area, please send us a note and we will have a member contact you. 

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