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Winter Weather Forecast 2019-2020

A preliminary trend outlook from our resident meteorologist
Most fuel dealers, when planning their delivery and service schedules for the coming heating season, start off by looking at how they fared last year. Where did they hit the mark… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/winter-weather-forecast-2019-2020/

How Well Do You Control Your Tanks?

You own your propane tanks and your gas lines — are they secure from tampering?
From the propane industry’s earliest days, safety concerns have led many states to require that only the tank owner or his authorized agent can open a valve and fill a propane… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/how-well-do-you-control-your-tanks/

Welcome to Safety Jeopardy

“What is a fun way for employees to review rules and regulations?”
During the Summer, our safety team likes to break from the norm, and review safety issues in a fun and productive game of Safety Jeopardy. The game has become very popular with… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/welcome-safety-jeopardy/

From Truck to Burner

Preparing the customer’s systems for today’s changing fuels
There’s an old example that illustrates fuel destabilization in a scenario familiar to just about everyone. Spring arrives and you go into your garage or shed to take out the… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/truck-burner/

Making Sensors Make Sense

Preventive maintenance tune-ups are on the calendar for every fuel delivery company. Addressing equipment problems now helps avoid loading and delivery delays later. That’s what customers always hear, but how many dealers can follow their own advice when …
Preventive maintenance tune-ups are on the calendar for every fuel delivery company. Addressing equipment problems now helps avoid loading and delivery delays later. That’s what… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/making-sensors-make-sense/

What’s Behind Propane Tank Freeze-Ups?

As many in the industry will attest, it had been a few years since we experienced a “normal winter,” with warmer-than-average weather spanning the country. As a result, until this past winter, freeze-ups hadn’t been a widespread issue. While much of the b…
As many in the industry will attest, it had been a few years since we experienced a “normal winter,” with warmer-than-average weather spanning the country. As a result, until this… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/whats-behind-propane-tank-freeze-ups/

From Lessons Learned to Lives Saved

In February, the National Transportation Safety Board released its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2019-2020.
In February, the National Transportation Safety Board released its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2019-2020. First issued in 1990, the Most Wanted… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/lessons-learned-lives-saved/

Truck Tolls Pose Potential Logistical, Economic Hurdles

Talks of infrastructure reform as a potentially unifying issue have been making news since Donald Trump was elected president back in November 2016. Twenty-six months later, “President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McC…
Talks of infrastructure reform as a potentially unifying issue have been making news since Donald Trump was elected president back in November 2016. Twenty-six months later,… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/truck-tolls-pose-potential-logistical-economic-hurdles/

Winter Weather Forecast 2018-2019

For heating fuel delivery companies in the Northeast, a normal winter is good. Normal means cold. Cold means business. After the non-winter winter that was the 2016-2017 heating season, the industry welcomed the extreme cold stretch that froze the Nort…
For heating fuel delivery companies in the Northeast, a normal winter is good. Normal means cold. Cold means business. After the non-winter winter that was the 2016-2017… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/winter-weather-forecast-2018-2019/

Q&A: Roberta Fagan

Though the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island is not to be overlooked when it comes to energy policy discussion, or really any conversation regarding America’s deliverable fuels and home heating providers. That’s because the state is unique not jus…
Though the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island is not to be overlooked when it comes to energy policy discussion, or really any conversation regarding America’s deliverable… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/q-roberta-fagan/

Addressing the Logistical Challenges of Delivery

One of the key components of a successful oil or propane business is an efficient delivery department, but how do you achieve this goal? The logistical challenges are just that – challenging. You need to be able to make informed delivery decisions that ma…
One of the key components of a successful oil or propane business is an efficient delivery department, but how do you achieve this goal? The logistical challenges are just that –… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/addressing-logistical-challenges-delivery/

NTSB Investigating Recent Tesla Crashes

For the second time in recent months, a Tesla accident has drawn the attention of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). On May 9, the agency announced it was sending a team to investigate a fatal electric vehicle crash that had occurred in Fort…
For the second time in recent months, a Tesla accident has drawn the attention of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). On May 9, the agency announced it was sending a… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ntsb-investigating-recent-tesla-crashes/

Self-Driving Trucks and The Truck Driver Shortage

There are a number of issues that self-driving trucks could solve, but is it at the expense of truck driver jobs? Although most startups plan to keep drivers behind the wheel, that might not last long, as the technology gets better over time.
There are a number of issues that self-driving trucks could solve, but is it at the expense of truck driver jobs? Although most startups plan to keep drivers behind the wheel,… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/self-driving-trucks-and-truck-driver-shortage/

Emergency Generator Fueling

Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best
Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best It’s been a long, busy winter season. Artic air blasts, a few Nor’easters, and lots of snow kept fuel dealers in the Northeast… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/emergency-generator-fueling/

New York Fuel Dealers Team with CBS for Winter Coat Drive

This winter, the New York Oil Heating Association (NYOHA) partnered with local CBS radio station 1010 Wins for the association’s fourth annual winter coat drive. As part of the program, from December 20 to February 24, a branded “Bioheat® Van” was in n…
This winter, the New York Oil Heating Association (NYOHA) partnered with local CBS radio station 1010 Wins for the association’s fourth annual winter coat drive. As part of the… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-york-fuel-dealers-team-cbs-winter-coat-drive/

Structural Change in Oil Distribution

Since 1865, the one constant in the oil business has been constant change. The petroleum industry has been driven by geopolitics, technology, industry leaders and management gurus (i.e. people), and external events (e.g. Ford’s Model T, wars, major spills…
Since 1865, the one constant in the oil business has been constant change. The petroleum industry has been driven by geopolitics, technology, industry leaders and management gurus… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/structural-change-oil-distribution/

An Epic Start

The 2017-2018 heating season might have started slowly, but it quickly crescendoed to a boom … or rather, a bomb. A storm can be considered a “bomb cyclone” if its pressure falls 24 millibars in 24 hours. The winter storm that blasted practically the e…
The 2017-2018 heating season might have started slowly, but it quickly crescendoed to a boom … or rather, a bomb. A storm can be considered a “bomb cyclone” if its pressure… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/epic-start/

DOT Positive Drug Tests

As we addressed in our last article, “DOT Return-to-Duty & Follow-Up Testing,” the consequences of receiving a positive test result are pretty steep, and can create a difficult situation for the employer. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and under…
As we addressed in our last article, “DOT Return-to-Duty & Follow-Up Testing,” the consequences of receiving a positive test result are pretty steep, and can create a difficult… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/dot-positive-drug-tests/

Safety Sharing with Local Fire Departments

Day to day, we rely on the experience and training of our drivers. As business owners, our primary concern is to make sure that our guy in the cab gets home safe each night. Our goal is to give them the best training that we can, so that they can do their…
Day to day, we rely on the experience and training of our drivers. As business owners, our primary concern is to make sure that our guy in the cab gets home safe each night. Our… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/safety-sharing-local-fire-departments/

Simplification Through Self-Sufficiency

OPW’s Fuel Management and Loading Equipment Enables Simple Energy to Eliminate Dependence on Third-Party Fuel Suppliers, Positions Company for Growth
OPW’s Fuel Management and Loading Equipment Enables Simple Energy to Eliminate Dependence on Third-Party Fuel Suppliers, Positions Company for Growth Over the past 10 years,… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/simplification-through-self-sufficiency/

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