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. 

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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
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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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PA Propane Gas Association 2013 Annual Meeting Wrap-up

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Shelby L. Metzger
717.441.6040
Shelby@papropane.com

If you were unable to attend the annual meeting at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, you missed an informative and fun meeting. A HUGE thank you to our sponsors – their support helps to make our meetings successful:

Gold Tarantin Industries, Inc.    
Silver Bergquist, Inc.
Targa Resources
Gas Equipment Company, Inc. Ray Murray, Inc.
Patron Enterprise Products
Venezia LPG Services, Inc.
Industrial Propane Services, Inc. Gas Supply Resources
Truck Sponsor Tank Solutions, Inc.    

Golf Outing Results:

1St place:
Lance Dalton, Mike Norman, Dave Biggs, Rory Greenley

Best Dressed:
Keith McMahon, Gary Wobb, Andy Burik, Ryan DiGuiseppe

Best Sportsman:
Jim Mason, John Ketchum, Tim Hall

No category – just a prize for finishing in the middle:
Norm Cupples, Stephanie Davis, Matt Benner

Worst Driver:
Donnie Schubert, Jay Gorzkowski, Pat Shay, Harold Sweet

High Score:
Jeff Shaffer, Lucy Shaffer, Rick Feiler, Caroline Hensley

Skill Prizes:
Longest Putt: Donnie Schubert
Longest Drive: Lucy Shaffer

Thank you for our Golf Sponsors:

CK Business Consultants, Inc.
Liberty Insurance Agency
PAPCO
Tarantin Industries
Gas Equipment Company
NGL Energy Partners
Quality Steel
Targa Resources
Gas Supply Resources
ProGas, Inc.
Ray Murray, Inc.
Worthington Cylinders

General Session:

Andy Mirchin, Director of Market Development, Paraco Gas shared useful marketing tips on “How to Grow your Gallons”.

Patrick Hyland, Director of Industry Programs, Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) provided an update of PERC activities and reminded everyone of the valuable PERC websites that target specific industry topics.

Milissa Lord, VP of Business Development at A.R.M. Solutions shared her collection expertise and provided all attendees with “10 Best Practices in Collections” packet.

Jeff Petrash, Vice President and General Council – National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) talked about the recent Propane Days in Washington, DC and encouraged support for 2013 along with providing an informative legislative/regulatory update.

Presidential Award:

PAPGA President, Mark Delehanty had the honor to present this 1st time award to an astonished and speechless Rick Feiler of Tarantin Industries, Inc.

Nomination Letter: I would like to nominate Rick Feiler of Tarantin Industries for the 2013 Presidential Award.

I have known Rick for over 6 years and he is not only a colleague, he is a close friend.

To say that Rick exceeds the requirement for this award would be an understatement. Rick is a huge supporter of PAPGA’s activities and is always asking what he can do to lend a hand. His assistance has certainly made my job easier and of course much more fun when he’s involved. Not only in his daily work duties at Tarantin Industries that I’ve witnessed, it’s also his compassionate attitude that is evident in his ‘personal’ life also.

Rick belongs to the Red Rose Riders which is a motorcycle club in which he is the Vice President. This is not just an ordinary bikers club – this club is concerned about others. They organize many rides to benefit others such as a fundraiser for children with illnesses and a memorial ride for ‘soldiers of the law”. Rick has frequently shared pictures with me from these events and there hasn’t been a time when that he doesn’t tear up telling me about the child and the family who he was fortunate enough to have ride with him on his motorcycle.

Not only is he heavily involved in his motorcycle club, Rick is also the incoming President at his local Lions Club in Leola. Rick arranges programs to educate the club on different causes. He recently had Dan Messett’s daughter, Danielle come and speak about her career helping special needs children and also recently had a staff member from his local Domestic Violence Agency.

This type of behavior exemplifies kindness, caring and true concern for others.

Rick inspires me and others around him with his dedication, kindheartedness and true concern of others. On behalf of everyone who has benefited from his phenomenal and extraordinary work ethic and community service, I nominate Rick Feiler for the Presidential Award as I truly believe he is most deserving.

Congratulations to Rick!

The meeting concluded with the Board of Directors Meeting. Congratulations to our –

2013/2014 Board of Directors:

Executive Committee:

Mark Delehanty, President
Phil Smith, Treasurer
Walter Cressman, NPGA District Nine Director
Mike Mutter, President Elect
Harold Sweet, Secretary
Dan Balmer, Vice President
Jim Ressler, National State Director
Beth Donovan, District Director Representative

Edward Gorzkowski, Jr., Immediate Past President

District Directors:

Hugh “Bud” Rich, District 1 Director
Bob Klasen, District 2 Director
Mark Lesney, District 3 Director
Norm Cupples, District 4 Director
Dave Pennypacker, District 5 Director
Greg Smith, District 6 Director
John Cepiel, District 7 Director
Beth Donovan, District 8 Director
Hugh Rich, III, District 1 Director
Glenn Beatty, District 2 Director
John Maruska, District 3 Director
Ken Lundy, District 4 Director
Dan Messett, District 5 Director
Jerry Stanco, District 6 Director
Jay Gorzkowski, District 7 Director
Randy Styer, District 8 Director

Directors at Large:

Dale Aldrich, Director at Large
DeAnn Driscoll, Director at Large
John Murray, Director at Large
Pat Shay, Director at Large
Donnie Schubert, Director at Large

Click on the link below to watch a brief video of the 2013 PAPGA Annual Meeting Activities-
2013 Annual Meeting Video

The next PAPGA Membership/Board Meeting – Thursday, September 26, 2013, Nittany Lion Inn, 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA

2014 Annual Meeting (Tri-State Meeting – PA, NJ, NY)
The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, June 16-18, 2014 (Monday through Wednesday)

Any questions, concerns or for more information, please contact Shelby at the association office. 717.441.6040 or shelby@papropane.com

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