Oklahoma Propane Gas Association
January 5, 2018
Gov. Fallin Amends Executive Order 2017-44, Affecting HOS Regulations, to Run Through January 14, 2018
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has amended Executive Order 2017-44 to now run through January 14, 2018. This Order exempts propane delivery vehicles from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and was originally set to expire 14 days from December 22, 2017 (January 5, 2018). The Amended Executive Order will run concurrently with the Regional Emergency Declaration issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on January 1, 2018, for its Southern, Midwestern and Eastern Service Centers which includes Oklahoma. Gov. Fallin’s Executive Order and FMCSA’s Declaration waive FMCSA’s Hours of Service regulations due to increased demand for propane and possible shortages created by Winter Storm Frankie. While Hours of Service regulations have been temporarily waived due to severe weather conditions, other regulations remain in effect including controlled substances/alcohol use/testing requirements, commercial driver’s license requirements, hazardous material regulations, insurance requirements, size and weight requirements, etc.
To read the text of Amended Executive Order 2017-44, please click on the link found below.
January 1, 2018
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Declares Regional Emergency Under 49 CFR 390.23
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Affected areas include FMCSA’s Southern, Midwestern and Eastern Service Centers which includes Oklahoma. The Emergency Declaration is effective through the duration of the emergency (Winter Storm Frankie) or January 14…whichever occurs first. Oklahoma is one of nearly 40 affected states. FMCSA’s declaration waives Hours of Service regulations and was issued in response to severe weather from Winter Storm Frankie and increased demand for home heating fuel/shortages which are anticipated. Other regulations…controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements, commercial driver’s license requirements, hazardous material regulations, insurance requirements, size and weight requirements, etc., remain in effect.
Hours of Service regulations have been waived in Oklahoma since December 22, 2017, when Gov. Mary Fallin issued Executive Order 2017-44 which exempted propane delivery vehicles from HOS regulations…as requested by the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association. Oklahoma was the first state to take this action due to current weather conditions. In her Order, Gov. Fallin cited falling temperatures, increased demand for propane/LP gas products, recent implementation of Electronic Logging Device requirements, and the need to transport additional propane into Oklahoma from storage facilities located out of state.
To download/read FMCSA’s Emergency Declaration, click HERE.
Water Heater Rebate Update:
Water Heater Rebate Reduced by Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission
Effective September 1, 2017, the Oklahoma LP Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission (LP Gas Commission) will reduce the rebate it offers for the purchase and safe installation of propane water heaters from $250.00 to $100.00. The reduction was unanimously approved by the LP Gas Commission’s Board of Directors at its last meeting on May 12, 2017.
Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission was created on November 1, 1994, and the Water Heater Rebate Program went in to effect in 1996. Since then, Water Heater Rebates have been adjusted several times due to market conditions, finances, competition, etc. Water Heater Rebates were initially set at $150.00. Rebates peaked at $350.00 following the unusually long and cold winter of 2013-2014. In the 20 plus years the program has been in effect, the LP Gas Commission has paid approximately 20,000 Water Heater Rebates valued at approximately $4.5 million. However, with expenses increasing annually and with income virtually unchanged for more than two decades, the LP Gas Commission’s Board of Directors voted to reduce the Water Heater Rebate in order to help balance the budget and to avoid reductions elsewhere. Under Oklahoma law, the LP Gas Commission is funded by a one-half cent per gallon assessment on the first sale of odorized propane in Oklahoma including propane imported from out of state. Oklahoma’s assessment on propane has remained at one-half cent per gallon since the LP Gas Commission was created almost 23 years ago.
The adjustment in the Water Heater Rebate was the only substantive change approved during the May, 2017, board meeting. Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission will continue paying a $50.00 rebate to replace out of date and/or faulty regulators. Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission implemented the nation’s first Regulator Rebate Program in 1996. Initially, rebates were set at $30.00 although they too have been adjusted several times over the years. To date, Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission has paid more than 40,000 rebates valued at approximately $1.5 million to replace faulty and/or out of date regulators in Oklahoma.
It is the purpose of the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association to promote this industry and to coordinate its activities to the end that OPGA may serve to the fullest extent possible the best interests of both the propane gas industry and the consuming public.
OPGA is and shall remain committed to increasing the effectiveness of gas service for light, heat, and power; to advancing the methods of manufacture, distribution, utilization, sales, and accounting relative to this industry; to advancing the public’s knowledge of, and appreciation for, the unique qualities of propane as well as its various and diverse uses; and shall encourage, now and in the future, economic advancement, safety, conservation and standardization within this industry.
PROUDLY PROPANE GAS
About the only thing that may be more comforting than an old, well-worn sweatshirt is the family dog (either old or new). In this case, the dog’s name is Blue, and Blue is a valued member of the Propane Family. The Propane Education and Research Council recently kicked off a new $10 million public education campaign featuring Blue as its spokesman.
We know what you’re thinking. ”What in the world was PERC thinking hiring a dog as its spokesman?” Oddly enough, PERC’s spokesman doesn’t have a speaking role. Instead, through the wonders of modern technology, Blue’s thoughts come through to us loud and clear. As Blue is happy to tell you (well, not actually tell), he loves the peace and quiet of country living. But, Blue loves propane even more…because of its convenience and for dozens of other reasons. Stick around and Blue will eventually tell them all (again, not actually tell). And, if you liked The Energy Guys, you’re bound to love Blue.
But don’t take our word for it. Click on Blue’s photo and he’ll tell (there’s that word again) you all about propane…provided he’s not getting his ears and/or belly rubbed at the time. If he is, well, on those occasions, Blue has been known to make little or no sense. Would you? Didn’t think so…so don’t be too hard on Blue!