Action taken to prioritize propane shipments

FERC accepts two pipeline amendments aimed at helping move propane to the Midwest.

Jacqui Fatka, Policy editor

December 10, 2019

2 Min Read
Action taken to prioritize propane shipments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepted two oil pipeline tariff amendments aimed at helping to move propane to the Midwest. Both ONEOK North System (ONEOK) and Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Company (Enterprise TE) said they had received requests from shippers for the changes after the start of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process initiated by FERC last month to alleviate propane pipeline constraints in Midwestern states.

In the ONEOK case, FERC approved a revised pipeline transportation capacity allocation policy allowing shippers to transfer allocated capacity to other shippers through the end of this month, and to receive credit to their allocation history for barrels moved by replacement shippers. In the Enterprise TE case, the company is extending emergency transportation service of propane to the Midwest region. The company had received requests from third-party shippers to continue propane service to Monee, Illinois, for a period of time beyond the original date on which it intended to terminate the service. The service will continue until canceled or modified by Enterprise TE.

FERC noted it acted quickly on the requests. Chairman Neil Chatterjee announced the ADR process on Nov. 19 and the pertinent parties met on Nov. 25. Both companies filed their requests on Nov. 26 and FERC issued notices Nov. 27, with a shortened comment period that ended Dec. 4.

FERC said it continues to monitor the Midwest propane situation, and the ADR process is continuing.

Related:Propane seeing record demand from farmer needs

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) have been pressing the FERC for action, and Grassley welcomed the latest news.

“The shortage of liquid propane in Iowa has affected people from every corner of the state. Farmers, propane marketers, co-ops and manufacturers all felt pressure from lack of access to liquid propane this harvest season. I’m happy to see FERC has taken this issue seriously and addressed the shortage in a timely manner,” Grassley said.


About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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