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  • Ford Sees Growing Demand For Natural Gas Vehicles Like F-150

    05/04/2015 4:17:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/04/2015
    Ford Motor Co. says the 2016 F-150 pickup will be available with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that can run on compressed natural gas or propane, part of a growing lineup of CNG vehicles from the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker. Ford’s commercial vehicle customers, in particular, have been asking for more trucks and vans that can run on compressed natural gas because it lowers their fleet operating costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, as of April 30, 2015, and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country,...
  • Enterprise completes Houston Ship Channel terminal expansion

    04/08/2015 4:25:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 7, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Enterprise Products Partners has expanded its liquefied petroleum gas export terminal at the Houston Ship Channel, bolstering its ability to ship more supercooled propane to buyers overseas. The Houston-based midstream company announced the project two years ago to capitalize on the vast supplies of cheap natural gas unlocked by the U.S. shale boom. Enterprise said it wanted to give producers better access to international markets, in turn, giving U.S. oil companies more of an incentive to continue pumping gas from the ground. “We have such a strong production in the U.S. that it’s actually outpacing domestic demand,” Enterprise spokesman Rick...
  • Potential market implications of outage at ExxonMobil's Torrance, California refinery

    02/25/2015 6:47:39 PM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 25, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    On February 18, an explosion and fire occurred at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California. The Torrance refinery, the third-largest refinery in southern California, has about 20% of the region's fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) capacity and is an important source of gasoline and distillate supply. Based on publicly available information, it can be estimated that Torrance produces about 117,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of gasoline (about 15-20% of southern California's supply) and about 50,000 bbl/d of distillate and jet fuel (about 10% of southern California supply). Unplanned refinery outages can have noticeable impacts on liquid fuel markets, disrupting supplies of...
  • NYC Bomber May Have Learned How To Bypass Detection From Leaks To The MSM

    05/07/2010 12:43:17 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 586+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-07-10 | Curt
    Are the NYT's and James Risen at fault here? Investigators of the failed car bombing in Times Square are looking for a money courier they say helped funnel cash from overseas to finance a Pakistani-American's preparations to blow up the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb in the heart of New York, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Investigators have the name of the courier they believe helped Faisal Shahzad pay for the used SUV and other materials to rig up a car bomb that would have caused a huge fireball in Times Square if it had gone off, the official...
  • Shale boom spurs chemical industry expansion

    12/12/2014 5:57:49 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 11, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    The U.S. chemical industry is expanding at a healthy clip thanks to a domestic drilling renaissance that has flooded the world with cheap oil and gas. The industry grew by 2 percent this year and is expected to swell further next year as advances in drilling and completion technologies unlock vast new supplies of hydrocarbons that chemical companies rely on to make products and fuel their plants, according to the American Chemistry Council’s annual year-end review of the industry. “The wind is back in our sails,” Kevin Swift, chief economist for the trade group, said in a statement. “During the...
  • Heating oil and propane expenditures projected to be lower than last winter

    10/09/2014 5:44:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Heating oil and propane expenditures projected to be lower than last winter Autumn arrived in the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic states last week as temperatures turned noticeably colder and snow fell across Wisconsin and Minnesota. Notwithstanding triple-digit temperatures in parts of California, the winter heating season has begun for much of the country, including the Midwest and the Northeast, where heating oil and propane are important heating fuels. Each October, EIA publishes an outlook for winter energy supply, demand, and prices as part of its October Short-Term Energy and Winter Outlook (STEO). EIA projects the retail price of heating oil...
  • Lower petrochemical use of propane driven by wider price spread between propane and ethane

    10/09/2014 5:37:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Propane demand (measured as product supplied) is expected to be 100,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) lower on average in 2014 compared to 2013 because of reduced demand from petrochemical plants, according to EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook. In contrast to propane used as a heating fuel in buildings during colder months and as a crop-drying fuel during the harvest season, both of which are highly seasonal and weather dependent, petrochemical consumption of propane has relatively little seasonality. Beginning in mid-2013, higher propane prices reduced demand from petrochemical users. This decline is evident after accounting for the seasonal variation in annual consumption:...
  • Scientists create renewable fossil fuel alternative using bacteria

    09/02/2014 11:36:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 09/02/2014 | Provided by Imperial College London
    The development is a step towards commercial production of a source of fuel that could one day provide an alternative to fossil fuels. Propane is an appealing source of cleaner fuel because it has an existing global market. It is already produced as a by-product during natural gas processing and petroleum refining, but both are finite resources. In its current form it makes up the bulk of LPG (liquid petroleum gas), which is used in many applications, from central heating to camping stoves and conventional motor vehicles. In a new study, the team of scientists from Imperial College London and...
  • Regulators OK Formosa chemical expansion in Point Comfort {Texas}

    09/02/2014 10:46:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 2, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Federal and state regulators have cleared the way for Formosa Plastics Corp. to begin construction on a $2 billion expansion of its petrochemical complex in Point Comfort. The approvals come two years after the private U.S. affiliate of the Taiwan-based industrial company announced plans to build new units and expand its capacity on 372 acres within its existing 1,600-acre site 120 miles southwest of Houston near Port Lavaca. It’s the fourth expansion since the Point Comfort plant went online in 1983. The Environmental Protection Agency issued final greenhouse gas permits and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality greenlighted the environmental...
  • Growing global propylene demand leads to new projects

    08/29/2014 5:17:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Growing global demand is pushing a flurry of new construction, especially on the Texas Gulf Coast, of units for direct manufacture of propylene — a key chemical building block historically derived as a byproduct of other processes . In North America, propylene primarily has come from petrochemical plants using petroleum-derived naphtha as a feedstock. But that’s changing as the plants switch to ethane, a natural gas liquid that is now abundant and cheap because of the nation’s surging natural gas production. The ethane feedstock, however, produces little propylene. Propylene supplies have declined, contributing to occasional shortages, according to Enterprise Products...
  • ‘One Spark and the Whole Thing Will Explode’: Shocking Video Captures Gas Station Disaster

    08/10/2014 6:53:19 PM PDT · by montag813 · 14 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 08-10-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsIn a stunning video posted to YouTube Saturday, a Russian gas station can be seen leaking gas (or is it? More on that below). Dozens of cars go past the station, unaware of the extreme danger of the situation, some even stopping in front for long amount of time as the imminent catastrophe approaches -- all while the couple filming the leak discuss what might occur. At the 1:15 mark in the video, the inevitable disaster occurs. WATCH:
  • Report: Condensate could be first crack in oil export ban

    04/02/2014 11:31:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 31 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 2, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A simple tweak by the Commerce Department would allow the U.S. to begin selling ultralight fossil fuels overseas, a significant first step in easing the 39-year-old ban on crude exports, a new report says. The analysis released by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, focuses on condensate, a natural gas liquid made up of light fuels such as propane and butane. The fuels generally flow as liquids at normal temperatures even if they’re gas underground. Though it is chemically different than crude, condensate is swept under the oil export ban — at least as long as the light hydrocarbon is coming out...
  • UPS delivers a boost to propane as vehicle fuel

    03/17/2014 4:30:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 28 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 14, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Most people — especially Texans — know propane as the fuel source that allows them to fire up a backyard barbecue in seconds. Now it’s also heating up as an alternative motor fuel, as companies with vehicle fleets embrace its lower costs and smaller environmental footprint relative to gasoline or diesel. Shipping company UPS announced plans this month to spend $70 million on 1,000 propane-fueled vehicles and 50 refueling stations in the United States, where the company operates about 77,000 ground vehicles. Other big companies also have added propane to their fuel mix. Airport transportation service SuperShuttle touted its propane...
  • Woman Pays Entire Pay Check for Propane Heating Bill

    03/01/2014 3:49:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    WZZM ^ | February 27, 2014 | Alex Shabad
    According to state numbers, the price per gallon skyrocketed from just over $2 in October to nearly $4 per gallon earlier this month. WZZM 13 spoke to one woman who says it takes her entire monthly income to pay the heating bill. $741 is a number Evonne Appel's been paying close attention to this winter. "My income is the minimum of the minimum," she says. Appel's monthly income is not even enough to pay the heating bill. "Between $600 and $800, that's my whole check." Like many who use propane for heat, Appel has dealt with skyrocketing prices. "It's been...
  • Federal law blocking cheap Texas fuel from reaching frozen East Coast

    02/28/2014 12:53:11 PM PST · by thackney · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/28/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Northeastern U.S. is struggling to keep the heat on during this year’s frigid winter which has caused a propane shortage, but a union-supported federal law is preventing abundant domestic propane supplies from getting to where consumers need it the most. The 94-year-old Jones Act has prevented Northeasterners from getting cheap, abundant propane from Texas, instead forcing them to pay more than $100 a metric ton for propane from Europe — 4,000 miles away. The Jones Act makes it illegal for non-U.S. ships from transporting goods between U.S. ports, and is backed by labor unions, shipyards and shipowners. The law’s...
  • Winter 2013-14 Propane Updates

    02/08/2014 12:25:27 PM PST · by thackney · 30 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 6, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    With the onset of severely cold weather in recent weeks, propane supplies in the Midwest are extremely tight. Information related to the current propane situation is available below.
  • Mary Burke won't meet with Obama during Thursday's visit; Walker will (WI)

    01/30/2014 6:51:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-30-14 | Patrick Marley and Jason Stein
    Madison — In a bit of a political mismatch Thursday, Republican Gov. Scott Walker will meet with President Barack Obama, while Walker's opponent will skip the chance to be seen with the nation's highest-ranking Democrat. Walker plans to greet Obama at the airport Thursday and talk to him about the state's propane shortage. Walker isn't attending the event Obama is headlining at a GE plant in Waukesha as he touts themes he hit in Tuesday's State of the Union address. Mary Burke, the Democrat challenging Walker in the Nov. 4 election, will not be at the airport or the Waukesha...
  • Propane Spot Price: Mt Belvieu Tx is $1.50; Midwest is $5

    01/28/2014 8:42:14 PM PST · by topher · 45 replies
    Cash Price Propane: Mount Belvieu, Texas Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - $1.5114 Previous Day's price - $1.5155 Year ago - $0.8411 Natural Gas, Henry Hub $5.240 [1/28/2014] 5.750 [Yesterday] 3.191 [Year Ago]
  • Shortage of natural gas has propane prices in Northfield and the Midwest skyrocketing

    01/28/2014 4:10:05 PM PST · by Karl Spooner · 35 replies ^ | 1/28/2014 | Jaci Smith
    If you’re heating with propane, it might be time to turn the thermostat down. Way down. The perfect storm of a wet fall followed by an immediate “turn on the furnace, honey” start of winter has combined with an intermittently working pipeline to squeeze the supply of propane to the upper Midwest. Adding to that misery was the rupture of a natural gas pipeline on Saturday in Canada that interrupted the main supply to some areas of the Upper Midwest. Shortly following the pipeline explosion, Xcel Energy − a Minneapolis-based company − asked customers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin...
  • Local Poultry Farmers Say Propane Shortage Could Be Devastating

    01/23/2014 1:25:14 PM PST · by Karl Spooner · 50 replies
    WHNT19NEWS ^ | 1/23/2014
    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A nationwide propane fuel shortage is having a trickle down effect on local poultry growers. Many of them depend on propane to keep their chicken houses warm so their chicks don’t freeze to death. “About three weeks ago is when everything started,” said a local grower who did not want his name used. “They started rationing the gas. They got it down to where we could only get 50% in a 1,000 gallon tank.” But now, he says the fuel shipments have completely stopped. Many propane companies, fed by the same supplier, have cut off...
  • Propane shortage becomes an emergency

    01/27/2014 2:55:40 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 92 replies
    As brutal cold continues to blast much of the nation, a propane shortage is driving up heating bills, prompting accusations of price gouging and leading to energy emergencies in more than a dozen states. "They're worried they might not be able to keep those chickens warm," said Jeff Helms of the Alabama Farmers Federation. And consumers are grousing about higher prices. "It looks like there's some price gouging going on," said Phillip Wallace, director of schools in Stewart County, Tenn., which were closed Thursday and Friday because they were short on propane for heating classrooms. The district was due to...
  • U.S. propane shortage hits millions during brutal freeze

    01/24/2014 9:12:31 AM PST · by topher · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24-January-2014 | y Sabina Zawadzki and Edward McAllister
    (Reuters) - Millions of Americans are feeling the pinch of a propane shortage this week as brutal cold exposes the supply vulnerabilities of a fuel that heats homes, schools and businesses across wide swathes of the United States. Prices of the fuel, a liquefied petroleum gas, have rocketed to all-time highs in Midwestern states, distributors are rationing supplies, and some schools have shut due to a lack of the fuel during this year's second bout of Arctic weather.
  • U.S. propane shortage deepens as cold snap reaches Midwest

    01/23/2014 9:57:57 AM PST · by topher · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:14pm EST | By Sabina Zawadzki
    (Reuters) - U.S. Midwestern states are scrambling to address a deepening shortage of the home-heating fuel propane just as another cold snap envelops the region, threatening to strain supplies that are already at historic lows. Demand has been boosted by the combination of record freezing weather at the start of this year and a late, wet, record corn harvest last October and November, when large quantities of propane were used to dry out crops. Propane stocks have been drained and prices in the region are the highest since at least 1990.
  • Kasich: State of emergency for Ohio, National Guard on alert

    01/21/2014 6:28:15 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 38 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | Staff
    CINCINNATI —Ohio Gov. John Kasich has declared a statewide energy emergency for all 88 counties. The declaration was made in order to expedite the shipment of propane and heating oil to rural parts of the state. Kasich's declaration temporarily eases regulations on shipping companies and delivery drivers. They will be allowed to drive more hours and more consecutive days than they normally would, as long as they can still do so safely, the declaration read. Those longer hours are meant to help companies make the necessary deliveries of propane and heating oil to customers, as they are needed. snip This...
  • Changing from Oil to Propane? Freeper Input Needed.

    12/06/2013 6:21:31 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 67 replies
    12.06.13 | Chickensoup
    The television question was solved last week. Freepmail me if you want to know the solution. New problem: I use over 3K oil and four cord wood to heat home and mil apt. The wood heats the main house. The oil heats a ground floor room, the mil and all the hot water. I have been thinking of distributing the system. Getting a propane hot water heater for the house, and two propane wood like heaters, one for the ground floor and one for the mil. Also get one of those big space ship looking tanks. Because at that size...
  • Recent decline in Gulf Coast crude oil imports mainly affects lighter grades

    10/31/2013 7:40:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | October 30, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    This Week In Petroleum Recent decline in Gulf Coast crude oil imports mainly affects lighter grades Crude oil imports to the U.S. Gulf Coast (PADD 3) which averaged 3.7 million barrels per day (bbl/d) year-to-date through July, the latest month for which data are available, have dropped by more than a third since 2008. The decrease of more than 1.9 million bbl/d from the 2008 average of 5.6 million bbl/d has included almost all imports of light, sweet crude oil, a development that has significant implications for global crude oil price relationships. Nearly half of U.S. refining capacity is along...

    10/10/2013 8:03:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | Oct 8, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Highlights EIA projects average U.S. household expenditures for natural gas and propane will increase by 13% and 9%, respectively, this winter heating season (October 1 through March 31) compared with last winter. Projected U.S. household expenditures are 2% higher for electricity and 2% lower for heating oil this winter. Although EIA expects average expenditures for households that heat with natural gas will be significantly higher than last winter, they are still lower than the previous 5-year average (see EIA Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook slideshow). Brent crude oil spot prices fell from a recent peak of $117 per barrel...
  • Fears held for workers at central Florida gas plant after series of explosions

    07/29/2013 11:06:06 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 30 July 2013 | Sources
    A series of explosions has rocked a propane gas plant in central Florida, with local media reporting multiple deaths and injuries. At least 15 people are unaccounted for ..
  • All Accounted For After Explosions Rip Through Tavares Gas Plant

    07/30/2013 3:04:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | July 30, 2013 | Susan Jacobson,Lauren Ritchie
    Roads near a gas plant in Lake County were littered with twisted pieces of propane canisters early Tuesday, hours after explosions that injured at least seven people and forced the evacuation of residents up to a mile away.
  • Explosions rock Lake County area; evacuation in effect

    07/29/2013 9:13:19 PM PDT · by Alice in Wonderland · 73 replies
    TAVARES, Fla. —Propane explosions at the Blue Rhino LP gas plant rocked the Tavares area on Monday night. The plant is located at the 300 block of County Road 448 and several residential areas surround it. A 1-mile evacuation of the area was ordered before midnight. A massive emergency response was called for after multiple injuries were reported. Several locals called WESH 2 to report seeing flames and hearing loud explosions.
  • Natural gas liquids prices trend down since the start of 2012

    07/29/2013 7:34:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JULY 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Daily spot prices for natural gas liquids (NGL)—ethane, propane, normal butane, isobutane, and natural gasoline—have moderated because of a combination of ample supply, flat or moderating demand, export constraints, and domestic infrastructure constraints. Ethane spot prices have been below the 2007-to-2012 range for every trading day in 2013 so far. For the first six months of 2013, ethane prices averaged 27 cents per gallon, over 45% below the price for the first six months of 2012. Ethane prices have been low compared with natural gas prices, prompting gas processors to leave it mixed in the natural gas stream, a phenomenon...
  • Occidental to construct propane export facility in Texas

    07/25/2013 6:49:32 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 25, 2013 | Simone Sebastian
    Occidental Petroleum Corp. plans to construct a propane export facility in Ingleside, the company said Thursday. The facility would be at the Oxy Ingleside Energy Center, a former Navy base near Corpus Christi that Occidental purchased last year. The Los Angeles-based oil and natural gas producer said it also could export other fuels from the facility, including natural gasoline, condensate and butanes. The propane export facility would begin operation in January 2015, provided Occidental secures the necessary contracts. The United States has been exporting growing volumes of propane and other fuels as the nation’s oil and natural gas production has...
  • Gas Shortages Felt Around Indonesia

    06/09/2013 12:40:28 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Jakarta Globe ^ | 06/08/2013 | Jakarta Globe
    Though Ratih, a 44-year-old resident of East Jakarta, felt fortunate to find a 3-kilogram gas cylinder for her stove, she was alarmed at how much the price had gone up since she last purchased one. “It’s difficult to find [these] cylinders … I went quite far to find one. The price is going up, though. I paid Rp 18,000 [$1.83] this time, whereas I paid Rp 15,000 last time,” she said on Saturday. Another East Jakarta resident, Wanah, was in the same boat. Though the price of a 12-kg gas cylinder went up by Rp 20,000, she had no choice...
  • Is my propane company committing fraud or creating a safety hazard? (New Hampshire vanity)

    02/06/2013 8:52:17 PM PST · by AlmaKing · 83 replies
    My propane tank | 2-6-2013 | AlmaKing
    Yes, this is a vanity, but I figure some Freepers might have better answers than what I'm finding in web searches. EnergyNorth Propane made a delivery to my tank this morning. My tank was already 70% full. I have not been using my furnace for heating this winter, not once. I've relied on 2 space heaters, so I have essentially converted to 100% electric heat which is a lot cheaper than using the propane furnace that came with the house. The bill indicated 70 gallons of propane was delivered at $3.17 per gallon and also indicated the initial tank fill...
  • The Coupon Whisperer: More FREE Propane!!!

    09/05/2012 7:11:32 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    The Coupon Whisperer ^ | September 5, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    One of the biggest misconceptions about GroupOn is that it is strictly for restaurants, entertainment, and travel. Well, your humble correspondent has taken advantages of those discount offers but for the most part, I have used GroupOn for "meat and potatoes" necessities. And one of my favorite necessities is propane. You might remember I had a post in this blog last year about getting FREE propane and guess what? I did it again! I bought the propane last year in August but used my GroupOn coupon in January to score my FREE propane. Well, since I use the barbeque...
  • Op-Ed: MIDEAST NOTES:The Coming Oil-Shale Revolution?

    11/26/2011 8:24:04 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/11 | Ayman Jawad Al-Tamimi
    The chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company- Aramco- has admitted that the development of large oil shale reserves in North America looks set to shift the monopoly over global energy supplies increasingly away from the Middle East. To preface, when it comes to global petroleum supplies, a distinction is drawn between “conventional” and “unconventional” oil reserves. The former are still in abundance in oil fields throughout the Middle East, and petroleum is produced from them simply by drilling at oil wells. Unconventional reserves include tar sands and oil shale: the latter is a form of sedimentary rock that...
  • The Coupon Whisperer: FREE Propane!!!

    08/16/2011 4:40:11 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 17 replies
    The Coupon Whisperer ^ | August 16, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    Think "propane" and probably the first thing to come to mind would be Hank Hill of "King of the Hill." Lately, however, when I have been thinking of propane, the word "expensive" comes to mind. I used to get a tank of propane for a mere $10 per tank at the City of Sunrise. Years ago that town had a fleet of vehicles that ran on propane (and what happened those vehicles?) but as that fleet was drawn down they still had a big propane station. So what they did was offer really cheap propane to the public. I...
  • Report: 'Green' buildings could harm your health

    06/07/2011 1:39:15 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    Report: 'Green' buildings could harm your health By Julian Pecquet - 06/07/11 11:41 AM ET The push to make buildings more energy efficient could have negative health effects, according to a report issued Tuesday. The Institute of Medicine report warns that the effort to counter climate change has spurred a shift to untested new materials and building retrofits that could limit and alter the air flow inside buildings. It said this may concentrate indoor pollutants such as chemical emissions and tobacco smoke. Indoor dampness, poor ventilation, excessive temperatures, and emissions from building materials and equipment such as back-up power generators...
  • A different natural gas ‘frac’ trend is on the rise for the Gulf Coast

    05/10/2011 2:02:21 PM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 10, 2011 | Tom Fowler
    As we’ve noted previously, the shale gas production boom is helping lift chemical industry profits and paving the way for further U.S. chemical industry expansion. Another beneficiary of the gas production expansion is companies that process natural gas, which is often called fractionation. Natural gas usually needs to have impurities removed from it before shortly after it is produced from wells and can be moved via pipeline. This includes natural gas liquids such as propane, butane, pentane, hexane and heptane — which can be very valuable products themselves. Since many of the shale gas formations that are being tapped are...
  • Grandmother, grandson killed in Ohio house explosion (Incredible picture of what was a house)

    03/02/2011 9:26:05 AM PST · by TSgt · 54 replies
    WKRC ^ | 03/02/2011 | WKRC
    SUFFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A grandmother and her grandson were killed when their Portage County home exploded early Wednesday morning. The coroner has identified the victims as 63-year-old Regina Proudfoot and 21-year-old Robert Croft. Nobody else lived with them. Investigators tell the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, WOIO-TV, that the home-which is about 35 miles southeast of Cleveland- was heated by propane, and confirmed around 11 a.m. that the incident is propane-related. However, the exact origin and cause of the 4 a.m. explosion have not yet been pinpointed. The house had a 500-gallon propane tank which had recently been refilled....
  • Humble man injured in mobile home blast

    HUMBLE, Texas – A man was in the hospital Saturday night after a propane tank exploded on the side of his mobile home. Police said the man was attempting to fix a propane tank at his home near the intersection of N. Houston and Townsen around 8 p.m. While he was working on it something from inside the tank ignited and exploded in his face, catching the mobile home on fire. Authorities said the explosion was so forceful, it blew the roof off and threw it across the yard. The man was airlifted to the hospital with 2nd and 3rd-degree...
  • Nationwide Saturday Cookout Recipes in Honor of 9/11

    09/09/2010 2:59:49 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 92 replies
    Self | 9/9/10 | Self
    I am looking for recipes for a good cookout meat this Saturday. Anyone?
  • Fighting fire with fire [man v woman & BBQ]

    07/24/2010 5:51:25 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 99 replies
    NYP ^ | July 24, 2010 | DON KAPLAN and STEFANIE COHEN
    The battle of the sexes is sizzling this summer. Elizabeth Karmel — one of the few women in New York to helm a top grill pit — rakes male cooks over the coals with her new “The Girls’ Guide to Grilling” (at In it, she claims that women are just as good — if not better — at taming the outdoor flame. “The great thing about being a woman in the male-dominated world of grilling is that in the end, it’s all about the food, not about fire-building or pounding my fist on my chest,” says Karmel, executive chef...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Times Square Is Evacuated in Bomb Scare [Pathfinder Had "Propane Tanks, Gasoline and Timing Device"]

    05/01/2010 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 159 replies · 2,869+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 01st 2010 | RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY
    Times Square Is Evacuated in Bomb Scare The scene at Times Square on Saturday night after police found a suspicious package inside a Pathfinder on West 45th Street. RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY May 1, 2010 A bomb in Times Square led to the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening, the police said. There was no explosion. “It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman. The device, he said, contained “explosive...
  • Are Green Power Programs a Scam?

    02/07/2010 2:50:53 AM PST · by lowbuck · 37 replies · 1,088+ views
    Mother Jones News ^ | Jan/Feb 2010 issue | Laura McCandlish
    Are you paying for renewable energy, or just a bunch of hot air? snip . . . Consumers need to understand that the electricity "is not going from the windmill on the ridge to your toaster," says Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt. Michael Gillenwater, a Princeton researcher who codeveloped the EPA's carbon emissions tracking system, says it's more like donating to a cause. "What you are doing is subsidizing the market for renewable energy."
  • Prayers for Our Town!

    12/10/2009 7:35:06 AM PST · by Jewels1091 · 74 replies · 2,185+ views
    We have a building on fire that dries milk and makes cheese. There was a propane explosion earier, and the building is on fire, but an outside propane tank is in danger, they just filled it yesterday with 30,000 gallons, if that thing goes off it will be like a bomb! They are evacuating a square mile, every person, every business, nursing homes, schools. But this is a small town, if it goes, the whole town will shake!

    10/22/2009 8:11:08 AM PDT · by gura · 104 replies · 6,934+ views
    WTHR ^ | 10/22/2009 | WTHR
    Tanker explodes on I-465 ramp Indianapolis - A semi tanker has exploded on the southbound ramp from I-69 to I-465. The fire from the vehicle is creating dark plumes of black smoke which can be seen for miles. A second alarm has been requested to the scene. Views from a tower cam show that the billboards are also on fire. The accident is causing large back-ups on I-465. The crash is before the Allisonville Road exit. Injuries are being reported. Witnesses reported hearing loud noises. Witness Danielle Smith was on 465 headed to Keystone at the Crossing. In her rear-view...
  • Propane suppliers quietly reduce size of refills

    05/25/2009 8:39:23 AM PDT · by CodeToad · 36 replies · 1,786+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/22/2009 | Associated Press
    ... When oil prices soared in 2008, propane suppliers quietly reduced by two pounds the amount of gas pumped into each 20-pound tank, saying they wanted to avoid raising prices.
  • Fire-bomb at pleasure boat showcase causes extensive damage

    04/13/2009 2:42:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 987+ views ^ | April 13, 2009 | N/A
    04/13/2009 SNIPPET: "A home-made fire-bomb exploded at 3:25 a.m. at the KAPA Marines showcase, and the ensuing fire quickly spread throughout the two land plots where the company's pleasure craft are on display, totally destroying or causing extensive damage to more than 20 boats." SNIPPET: "Police bomb disposal experts are investigating the site, and have so far come up with two propane canisters."