May 14, 2021
Indiana Becomes 13th State to Enact Law Protecting Propane and Natural Gas
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed HB 1191 into law on April 29 with support from the Indiana Propane Gas Association, which worked to obtain an amendment to specifically protect propane from municipal gas prohibitions.

Indiana joins Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, which passed laws in 2020, and Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming, which passed laws earlier this year. Similar bills are have been introduced in state legislatures in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Legislation in Alabama and Georgia has been sent to the governor and is expected to be signed into law.
Join us June 23-25 as we return to the beautiful and historic French Lick Resort. The IPGA Convention will fast become a can’t-miss tradition offering valuable and timely propane-focused education as well as opportunities to network with industry colleagues and friends.

IPGA is asking for your help to make this special event a success. We are offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities for you to showcase your company. Click here to learn more.
Enbridge Defies Whitmer Order to Close Line 5
May 12 was the date by which the State of Michigan told Enbridge to stop operating Line 5 after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave notice that she was going to revoke the 1953 easement on which the pipelines sit. As previously indicated, Enbridge, did not comply with the Governor’s Order while dueling lawsuits play out in court.

Whitmer's administration has accused Enbridge of trespassing if it continues to operate Line 5 beyond this date and has threatened to seek any profits Enbridge derives from continued use of the lines, citing unjust enrichment.

Enbridge recently announced other entities have filed amicus briefs in support of its position as well, including the Canadian government, the attorneys general of Ohio and Louisiana and North America's Building Trades Unions and the United Steelworkers of America.

Enbridge has consistently argued that the State of Michigan has no authority to order the shutdown because the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration oversees interstate pipelines.

A shutdown would imperil an estimated 33,000 jobs and cause at least $20.8 billion in economic losses in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Additionally, the shutdown would create massive disruptions in the propane market in Canada and the Midwest.
May 31 Deadline: Annual Retail Propane Sales Report
PERC is partnering with Frost & Sullivan to conduct our annual retail propane sales report, which ensures your state receives an accurate amount of state rebate funding from PERC to fund vital projects in your state that support your business operations and growth.

In 2020, over $7 million in state rebate funds went to state PERCs and state foundations to support Safe Installation Appliance Rebate programs, workforce training opportunities, and consumer safety outreach.

All propane retailers were sent an initial email invitation from 2020salesreport@frost.com and a follow-up email invitation from Rachel Greenberg, PERC’s senior market research analyst, with a unique link to complete their company’s report.

If you are unsure who at your company received the invitation or if you did not receive it, please email Rachel Greenberg or call 202-452-8975.
The Indiana Propane Gas Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Employee Training schedule. IPGA offers certified and non-certified employee training for those employed in the propane industry or looking to obtain propane training certification. To make training more accessible to everyone, classes are held in multiple locations. Classes are open to members and non-members and pre-registration is necessary. Consider sending your employees to this valuable training. Click here to learn more.
Critical Policies & Procedures for Propane Marketers
Tuesday, May 18 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 EST
When propane marketers are at their busiest that is when mistakes can happen. A clearly defined set of Policies and Procedures are critical to ensure all employees operate according to a consistent, prearranged formula. Join Eric Leskinen of Executive Vice President, P3 Propane Safety to learn:
  • The scope of written policies includes language to cover legal issues that may arise due to the nature of the business, employee health and welfare, especially in hazardous operational conditions, and/or ethical concerns that may put the organization or the employee in a position of conflict.
  • Fundamental techniques for creating and maintaining Policies and Procedures.
  • Updating Policies and Procedures regularly to meet ever-changing requirements. 

Whether you already have Policies & Procedures in place or need Policies & Procedures, join Eric Leskinen to gain great insights on Policies & Procedures. Eric has over 30 years of experience with career progression from field operations to corporate direction. He has designed, managed, and executed safety training and compliance programs for multi-state companies with up to 1,100 employees. As a true compliance and safety specialist, his background and skill set make the P3 Propane Safety training services invaluable to marketers seeking to improve their compliance and overall efficiency.
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