Propane and Fuel Oil Emergency
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Community Disorganizer

Newtown, CT

#21 Feb 11, 2014
Mike Mulligan wrote:
The shortage doesn't make sense...
NYT: The meteorologists Brandt Maxwell, of the National Weather Service in San Diego, and Robert Henson, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., have been doing some comparisons.
In the winter of 1976-77, they point out, the temperature in Chicago stayed below freezing for 43 days straight, and in 1985 the city had a below-freezing stretch of 40 days. The longest stretch so far this winter was 11 days. Similarly, New York’s longest stretch below freezing this year has been six days, less than half as long as the freezing periods in the 1970s.
So what!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#22 Feb 11, 2014
Yea, road salt, propane, natural gas and NE electricity...

Where did government go?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#23 Feb 11, 2014
NYT: Despite efforts by the Obama administration to ease shortages of critical drugs, shortfalls have persisted, forcing doctors to resort to rationing in some cases or to scramble for alternatives, a government watchdog agency said on Monday. The number of annual drug shortages — both new and continuing ones — nearly tripled from 2007 to 2012.

In recent years, drug shortages have become an all but permanent part of the American medical landscape. The most common ones are for generic versions of sterile injectable drugs, partly because factories that make them are aging and prone to quality problems, causing temporary closings of production lines or even entire factories
Flat Lander

United States

#24 Feb 11, 2014
I am not sure but Canada has reduced the amount and speed of the railroad due to those two big messes. Oil yes but if it includes propane then that may contribute to it. Only guessing?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#25 Feb 12, 2014
Our corporations now need a bullet proof contract from the users for generially more than 20 years...generators...before they will build the pipe line.

They no longer take risk!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#26 Feb 13, 2014
National propane supply problems, which caused home heating prices to spike, were complicated in this region by a refining company’s decision to halt sales recently, local propane dealers say.

PBF Energy resumed selling propane from its Delaware City refinery on Wednesday after a five-day halt, but the company’s refinery in Paulsboro, N.J., is still not selling propane, two weeks after stopping sales, said Mike Karlovich, company spokesman.

Karlovich said the company has needed the propane to heat the refineries themselves, after natural gas prices rose.
Community Disorganizer

Newtown, CT

#27 Feb 13, 2014
Mike Mulligan wrote:
National propane supply problems, which caused home heating prices to spike, were complicated in this region by a refining company’s decision to halt sales recently, local propane dealers say.
PBF Energy resumed selling propane from its Delaware City refinery on Wednesday after a five-day halt, but the company’s refinery in Paulsboro, N.J., is still not selling propane, two weeks after stopping sales, said Mike Karlovich, company spokesman.
Karlovich said the company has needed the propane to heat the refineries themselves, after natural gas prices rose.
That's the way it works. If you don't like it you can demand Shumlin and the rest of your feckless elected officials to build a refinery right in good old Vermont, and tell the owners that it is against state law to use of their own propane for there own benefit.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#28 Feb 13, 2014
Tell me what a cascade aging infrastructure national catastrophe…failure to invest for business and public vital needs.…how would this look like in a simultaneous breakdowns in petroleum, electric, crude, pipelines, trains, natural gas and propane systems look like…
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#29 Feb 16, 2014
Vt. delegation seeks action on propane costs

Posted: 02/16/2014 04:16:40 PM EST

A Sunday press release from the Vermont Congressional delegation on the rising cost of propane for heating:
BURLINGTON -- With unusually cold winter weather gripping much of the nation, the Vermont congressional delegation wants the Obama administration to clamp limits on propane exports to bring down skyrocketing prices for the home heating fuel.

Calling for "urgent and decisive action," U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) asked Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to use her emergency powers to temporarily halt exports of propane. In a letter, the lawmakers sought the export curbs at a time when domestic prices of propane nationwide are 60 percent greater this winter than one year ago.

In Vermont, the average price of propane for consumers jumped to $4.13 a gallon last week, up more than 30 percent in just the past three months. Some 15 percent of all Vermont homes are heated with propane, the highest rate in New England and the second highest in the nation. Moreover, 25 percent of Vermont families and seniors eligible for home heating assistance rely on propane to heat their homes. "It is not an exaggeration to say that some of these families are faced with choosing between heating their homes and putting food on the table," the delegation letter said.

"We urge you to act quickly to temporarily restrict propane exports to increase the domestic supply of propane, which will help reduce the financial burden on poor and middle-class families across the country during this particularly cold winter," the senators and congressman wrote to Pritzker. Cold weather gripping much of the country has led to rising demand and higher propane prices even at a time when domestic production is at an all-time high. The record production has not held down consumer prices in the United States, however, because almost all of the new propane produced here is exported to more lucrative markets overseas.

The Department of Commerce has authority under the International Economic Emergency Powers Act to prohibit or curtail the export of goods when necessary to "protect the domestic economy from the excessive drain of scarce materials and to reduce the serious inflationary impact of foreign demand."

Sanders, Leahy and Welch said "the current propane crisis clearly meets those criteria, and warrants this urgent and decisive action."
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#30 Feb 16, 2014
Why do i feel they waited till we got to the down side of this crisis.

Obama should have call for for it on his own...weeks ago.

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