Events of last winter lead to industry recommendations on supply

July 31, 2014 - By

Propane marketers gathered at industry meetings in February to discuss the ongoing challenges that were preventing our product from moving to needed destinations. Marketers were relatively calm during those National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) meetings in Florida as they presented and dissected the issues at hand. Some comments were based in frustration, like, “I can’t go anywhere without someone asking... read more

Propane helps modern farmers fuel farm production

July 31, 2014 - By

They spend billions, burn millions, and what we know about today’s farming operations can only benefit your business.  Dennis Carnahan set out to tell agriculture’s story in a personal and accurate way. Three to four generations ago, families had a closer connection to the farm. At the very least, dad or grandpa was a farmer. But today, as Carnahan explains,... read more

Oneok to build natural gas processing facility in North Dakota

July 31, 2014 - By

Oneok Partners LP plans to invest up to $785 million to build a 200-million cubic-feet-per-day natural gas-processing facility and related infrastructure in McKenzie County, N.D. The facility is called the Demicks Lake plant, which Oneok expects to complete by the end of the third quarter in 2016. Oneok will process natural gas there that’s produced from the Bakken shale. In... read more

In the Know: How to prepare for crop drying season

July 31, 2014 - By and

In the Know is a monthly partnership between LP Gas magazine and Propane Resources. Our focus this month is on preparing for crop drying season, addressed by supply and risk management experts Marty Lerum and Pat Thornton. Q. How can propane marketers better prepare for high-demand crop drying seasons, such as the one that kick-started the industry’s supply issues last fall? A. Before the winter... read more

Ferrellgas names propane mergers and acquisitions director

July 30, 2014 - By

Ferrellgas Partners LP promoted Eric Kruger to director of propane mergers, acquisitions and strategy, the company announced. In this role, Kruger is responsible for continuing the company’s growth plan through the acquisition of propane-related businesses. Additionally, he will help design the company’s corporate strategy plans. The Northwest Missouri State University graduate joined the company in September 2005. read more

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Texas propane retailer corrals rodeo business

July 30, 2014 - By

The home heating season typically winds down for Texas-based Buster Brown Propane around February or March. So the start of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which traditionally takes place in March, is a welcome event that helps to extend Buster Brown’s seasonal business through winter’s end. “We’ve done the rodeo for the last seven years,” says Jan Peterson, who... read more

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Industry encourages communication between propane marketer, farmer

July 30, 2014 - By

Mark Leitman wasn’t sure what kind of feedback he would hear from farmers at the agricultural-focused Commodity Classic trade show earlier this year about the propane industry’s ability to meet the ag community’s needs last fall. At the time of the show, which ran Feb. 26 to March 1, the mainstream media had been reporting on major propane supply issues... read more

Blossman purchases assets of Blue Flame Gas

July 28, 2014 - By

Blossman Gas Inc. acquired Blue Flame Gas, a propane retailer located in Powder Springs, Ga. According to a press release, Blossman acquired 2,500 customers through the acquisition. Josh Holbrook, one of Blue Flame’s two owners, will now work with Blossman in a business development role. read more

Southcross Energy Partners to acquire portion of TexStar Midstream

July 26, 2014 - By

Southcross Energy LLC, owner of the general partner of Southcross Energy Partners LP, announced in June that it agreed to combine with TexStar Midstream Services LP, a privately held gas gathering and processing partnership located in the Eagle Ford shale region of south Texas. The transaction will create an Eagle Ford-focused midstream combination, which will include four processing plants, three... read more

Decision in Colorado offers road map for building defensible case

July 26, 2014 - By and

In the case of Safeco Insurance v. Plateau Heating & Air Conditioning, et al., Colorado became the first state to issue a published decision on a tort reform statute enacted to limit liability to propane companies. There are now 18 states with various forms of law that attempt to limit the liability of propane companies following accidents caused by an... read more