Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota executed an emergency declaration that waives hours of service requirements in response to severe weather including record precipitation levels. The executive order waives hours of service requirements for propane and other petroleum fuels. The waiver is in effect for 30 days, from January 10, 2020 to February 8, 2020.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse website experienced technical issues on January 6, making it difficult for some motor carriers to register. FMCSA required employers of licensed commercial drivers to register with the Clearinghouse by January 6, 2020. Due to the high traffic and activity on the Clearinghouse website, some employers spent hours attempting to register; others were unable to complete registration.
Registration is open for the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). By January 6, 2020, FMCSA will require that employers of CDL drivers submit and review information about commercial drivers’ alcohol and drug violations.
As a reminder, the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) is now the administrator of the CETP Certification Program. As announced in September, PERC purchased the certification program from NPGA effective January 1, 2020. As a result, all of the industry’s safety, training and certification programs are now housed under one roof, i.e. at PERC.
The EIA reported actual U.S. propane inventory of 102.6 million barrels for the month of September 2019 (46.7 days of demand) and IHS Markit estimates this to be the expected peak for the 2019/2020 inventory cycle period. Total U.S. propane inventory level has been falling since, and is expected to trough at 79.2 million barrels in March 2020 (31.3 days of demand), the last month of the 2019/2020 inventory cycle period.
Today Congress passed H.R. 1865, which will provide the propane industry with prospective tax certainty as well as valuable research and development funding.
National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) President and CEO Stephen Kaminski applauds the work of Congress on passing critical year-end legislation that supports small businesses and energy consumers across the country.
“When Congress and the private sector work together, America wins,” Kaminski said. “This legislation will motivate consumers to make smart, green energy decisions, drive the development of modern technology using resilient energy sources such as propane, and promote the growth of small businesses.”