Oklahoma Propane Gas Association
February 6, 2018
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an extension of the regional hours of service waiver for the Eastern, Midwestern, Southern, and Western Service Centers, which includes Oklahoma, effective immediately through the duration of the emergency or February 28, 2018 (whichever occurs first).
Please review the full set of conditions contained in the waiver, including:
- Drivers are required to comply with the portions of 49 CFR Part 395 related to the preparation, retention and accuracy of a driver’s record of duty status (RODS). Drivers are directed to note “Emergency Declaration” in the remarks section of the RODS to identify that their operation is in direct assistance to the emergency relief.
- Drivers for motor carriers operating under this declaration must have a copy of the declaration in their possession. NOTE: A copy of the declaration is attached.
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. Oklahoma’s propane gas industry has now operated under a FMCSA Emergency Declaration, an Executive Order from Gov. Mary Fallin or both since December 22, 2017.
The states covered in this Declaration are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you have questions, or if you need additional information, please feel free to contact OPGA.
Oklahoma Executive Order
FMCSA Regional Hours of Service Waiver
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!