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919,000-Barrel Valero Propane Recall

Mar 13, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

The Valero Marketing & Supply Company has just issued a recall of approximately 919,000 barrels of propane LP gas.  According to Consumer Affairs, the announcement was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Valero.

Valero Marketing & Supply Company of San Antonio, Texas, initiated the recall because a so-called odorant that is typically added to propane—the odorant is added to help alert consumers of a potential propane gas leak—might not have been added at the recommended level. If this is the case,  a propane leak might not be detected, or might be difficult to detect.  Failure to detect leaking gas can present a fire, explosion, or thermal burn hazard to consumers.
Valero discovered that a problem occurred with the odorant injection at two of its refineries—Premcor Memphis and Wilmington, California refineries—but said the propane is fit for use, but for the exception of the odorant level issue.  The recall includes propane that may have been purchased from the retailers listed below, by state:

Country Gas
Dowdle Gas
Famers Supply

Aeropres Corp.
Amerigas Propane
Enterprise Products
Ferrell North America
Heritage Propane
Kiva Energy
Mutual Liquid Gas and Equipment
Pacific Coast Propane LLC
Sal’s Propane, Inc.
Suburban Propane, LP
Targa Liquids Marketing
Ted Johnson Propane Co.
United Pacific Energy

Columbus Butane
Coombs Gas
Dowdle Gas
Enterprise LP
Graeber Bros.
Johnson Propane Gas
F.O. James
Pontotoc Butane Gas
Rebel Gas
Thomas LP

Baker Gas & Oil
Brownsville Utility
Coombs Gas
Dixie Gas
Dowdle Gas
Wilder LP Gas

Consumers in possession of propane purchased or delivered between January 2008 and October 2008 are urged to immediately contact their propane gas suppliers or the retail locations where home propane tank or portable cylinders were filled for testing of the propane and to receive additional odorant, as needed.  Consumers can also receive additional information on details of the recall and remedy program by visiting the Propane Recall Website at or calling toll-free at 1-866-940-8235 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

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