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IRRC Approves 15 PPM Sulfur Standard for Heating Oil in Pennsylvania

On June 18, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted unanimously to approve a regulation reducing the sulfur content of heating oil from 500 ppm to 15 ppm, Ted Harris of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association announced in an email to members.The IRRC canceled meetings in March, April, and May on the regulations due to COVID-19 restrictions and a provision in their ...

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Joseph A. Porco of Porco Energy: 1961 – 2020

Joseph Anthony Porco, who with his brother Dominick operated Porco Energy, died Sunday, June 7, after falling ill at his home and being transported to Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the New York Propane Gas Association announced. Joe Porco with a treasured vintage Corvette. Photo courtesy of NYPGA. The Porco brothers operated Porco Energy in Marlboro and Wurtsboro, ...

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Pennsylvania Launches LIHEAP Crisis Program

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller announced a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program to help Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 public health crisis. DHS said it started working with utility companies and deliverable fuel vendors in May to help Pennsylvanians at risk of losing access to electric, natural gas, or deliverable fuels such as ...

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USDA Announces $14 Million for Biodiesel Infrastructure

Up to $100 million in competitive grants to expand availability and sale of renewable fuels are to be made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the department announced. USDA plans to make available approximately $86 million for implementation activities related to higher blends of fuel ethanol, and approximately $14 million for implementation activities related to higher blends of biodiesel. ...

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CANCELLED: 2020 Northern New England Energy Conference; 2021 Event Set for June 13-15

The 2020 Northern New England Energy Conference has been cancelled, event organizers announced. The dates for the 2021 edition of the conference are June 13, 14, and 15, the New Hampshire Energy Marketers Association and the Maine Energy Marketers Association said in an announcement emailed to members on April 28. The associations are the organizers of the annual conference. “We ...

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House Passes $484 Billion Bill for Small Businesses, Hospitals, Testing

The House passed a $484 billion spending package on Thursday, April 23. ​The Senate had already cleared the bill, by voice vote, on Tuesday, April 21, and President Trump has promised to sign the bill immediately into law, the New England Fuel Institute noted in a Legislative Alert emailed to members. The bill includes $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection ...

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Maker of Engine Oils Is Producing Hand Sanitizer

Lubrication Specialties Inc., manufacturer of engine oils and additives under the brand Hot Shot’s Secret, is making alcohol-based hand sanitizer at its Mt Gilead, Ohio, manufacturing facility to assist with preventive care during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Last week, LSI began offering 4 oz. bottles of Hot Shot’s Secret hand sanitizer for free to their local hospital and healthcare workers, nursing ...

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Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc

The dire risk to public health posed by the coronavirus pandemic is forcing changes in workplace policies, including in the offices of fuel marketers. And to try to limit its spread, organizers of industry expos, conventions and conferences have announced postponements. The National Propane Gas Association canceled an upcoming conference and expo. Further details on those changes appear below. Meanwhile, ...

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Emergency Declaration to Include Fuel Deliveries

O​n March 18, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service and other regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the New England Fuel Institute reported in a Regulatory Alert emailed to members. “In keeping with NEFI’s request from earlier this week, the ...

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FMCSA EMERGENCY DECLARATION

An emergency declaration has been issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Here is the complete text of the emergency declaration, which was issued on March 13: The President has declared an emergency under 42 U.S.C. 5121, et seq., and pursuant to 49 CFR 390.23(a)(l)(i), an emergency exists that warrants an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the ...

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