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January 2021

President Biden delivered an address on climate change and signed a series of ambitious executive orders on the matter.

The President called climate change the “maximum threat” facing America and said the nation has waited too long to address the issue. He pointed to a Defense Department report that says climate change is a national security threat to two-thirds of U.S. operational strategic forces. He called for a unified national response but acknowledged the U.S. can’t stop global warming alone, and promised to put pressure on foreign countries to do their part. The President announced he will host an International Climate Summit of world leaders on Earth Day, April 22, 2021.

Biden then signed executive actions he said will “supercharge” the administration’s climate change agenda. These orders build upon climate actions taken immediately after his inauguration, which included rejoining the Paris Accords, suspending the Keystone XL pipeline permit, implementing a social cost of carbon in federal rulemakings, and halting 100+ Trump-era regulatory actions on energy and the environment.

Today’s actions include:

  • Commitments to double offshore wind by 2030 and achieve 100% carbon free electricity nationwide by 2035.
  • Orders the Department of Interior to suspend new oil and natural gas leasing on public lands, begin a “rigorous review” of existing permitting and leasing programs, and lay the groundwork for federal protection of 30% of all U.S. lands and waters by 2030.
  • “Plug” one million abandoned oil and natural gas wells across the country.
  • Orders federal fleets, including the U.S. Postal Service, to utilize zero-emission vehicles made in America.
  • To the extent allowed by law, end federal funding for fossil fuels and press Congress to eliminate oil and gas-related tax breaks.
  • Creation of a “Civilian Climate Corps” to enhance climate resilience, conduct reforestation, increase carbon sequestration in the agriculture, protect biodiversity, and help the nation adapt to climate change and be more resilient to storms, fires, and floods.
  • Instructs Defense, Homeland Security, and Intelligence agencies to prepare reports on the security implications of climate change.
  • Shifts U.S. domestic and international finance policies towards an anti-fossil fuel posture.

The President has also created a new White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy, led by former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, to oversee the administration’s overall climate efforts. He also created White House advisory and interagency councils on environmental justice to mitigate the impacts of pollution on low-income communities and communities of color, and will require 40% of federal climate change investments to flow to these communities. Also a new interagency task force will be created to coordinate the transition of coal, oil, and natural gas workers to the new “clean energy economy” and help local communities that serve these industries adapt to this change.

John Kerry of Massachusetts and Gina McCarthy of Connecticut – the new White House “Czars” on foreign and domestic climate policy, respectively – spoke at a White House press conference immediately before the President’s address. They outlined plans for a “whole of government approach” to climate change, which includes ensuring a climate office is created in nearly every single federal department, agency, and commission. McCarthy will lead a National Climate Task Force comprised of representatives from 21 federal departments and agencies to coordinate federal climate policy.

Biden has thus far resisted calls from Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer and other party leaders to issue a national emergency declaration for climate change. You will recall that President Trump issued a similar declaration on immigration. If taken, this action would expand the powers of the President to address the stated emergency without legislative action, which includes the repurposing of federal funds (as Trump did for border security). Honestly, I feel like this is still a possibility, perhaps on or around Earth Day. The White House also promised to submit its Nationally Determined Contribution Plan, which his required of all Paris Climate Accord nations, before the Earth Day Climate Summit.

The President also reiterated his belief that Congress needs to act on climate. As previously mentioned, he plans to send a climate-focused infrastructure and workforce development package to Congress next month, and it will probably be the focus of his State of the Union Address. Biden also promised that his departments and agencies will pursue an aggressive regulatory agenda the next four years, which will include tougher CAFE standards, reducing emissions from oil and gas production, and stronger restrictions on fugitive methane emissions.

In related news, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the nomination of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve as U.S. Energy Secretary. Granholm said repeatedly that lower emission energy sources and technologies provide the U.S. a “massive opportunity” to address climate change while also supporting American businesses and creating jobs. Senator Angus King, a member of the committee, invited the former Governor to visit Maine and tour off-shore wind projects (which she promised to do so).

Jim Collura, Vice President & Director of Government Affairs, NEFI
March 2020

Differences Between Heating Oil, Off-Road Diesel Fuel & On-Road Diesel Fuel in Pennsylvania

To this day common question and misunderstanding that I get from customers all the time is with regard to the difference between heating oil, off-road diesel fuel and on-road diesel. Is there a difference? Yes. The differences between these fuels can have an impact on price, efficiency, taxes and even equipment failure. I am writing this as it pertains solely to the State of Pennsylvania and for each individual fuel.

Heating Oil – Heating oil is a dyed fuel and currently contains a sulfur content of 500ppm (parts per million). Pennsylvania is the only State in the Northeast Region that has not yet switched to an ultra-low sulfur content of 15ppm for Heating Oil. Most States in the Northeast, if they have not done so already, have paved the way for a reduction in Sulfur content of Heating Oil either in stages or all at once. Most States already have a Heating Oil spec with a minimum Sulfur content of < 500ppm (Low Sulfur) and many are already at 15ppm (Ultra-Low Sulfur) maximum that may or may not contain a BIOHEAT® component to it. Currently Pennsylvania is scheduled to reduce sulfur content in Heating Oil to 15ppm on September 1st, 2020. Virtually all state, local and independent dealers in Pennsylvania are in favor of moving the spec of heating oil, sooner rather than later, to the Ultra-Low Sulfur spec (< 15ppm) with a minimum 2% Bio Component to it. There are a variety of reasons for wanting legislation to do this, including, but not limited to; moving the state into commonality with surrounding commonwealths, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil by using a Bio component, and increasing the efficiency of heating equipment due to the lower sulfur content.

Off-Road Diesel Fuel or Ultra-Low Sulfur Dyed Diesel Fuel (There are many acronyms for Off-Road Diesel Fuel, such as Dyed Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel and Non-Road Locomotive Marine to name a few. To keep the article uniform, we will refer to it as Off-Road Diesel Fuel) is not the same fuel as heating oil. Even though Heating Oil and Off-Road Diesel Fuel are the same color, red (the red dye in the fuel is used to distinguish for tax purposes), they are not the same fuel. Off-Road Diesel Fuel in Pennsylvania is an Ultra-Low Sulfur fuel, meaning it is < 15ppm Sulfur content. This is the key to the difference between the two fuels. Construction equipment, farming machinery and vehicles built after 2007 were mandated by the U.S. Government, under jurisdiction of the EPA, to only be able to run on Off-Road Diesel Fuel for reduction of emissions. Using a Higher Sulfur fuel (I.e. Heating Oil) is also illegal in equipment built prior to 2007 and violation can result in very substantial fines and even jail time. Believe it or not, this is checked randomly and frequently by authorities including the IRS. Furthermore, using High Sulfur fuel in 2007 or newer model year engines, will not only ruin the engine, it will void any and all warranties on the equipment. Please note that Off-Road Diesel Fuel can be used as a substitute for heating oil, however, heating oil cannot be used in applications that require Off-Road Diesel for the reasons mentioned above. Thankfully for dealers, both Heating Oil and Off-Road Diesel Fuel will be the same fuel in the near future and confusion between the fuels will be eliminated. Off-Road Diesel Fuel where it can be used for tax exempt purposes, such as school buses and by municipalities, should not void any warranty on the equipment. Dye makes no performance difference and does not affect the equipment. However, please check with the manufacturer before use to ensure this is the case, as some manufactures have used this to avoid paying warranty claims in the past. It is very advantageous for boroughs and municipalities to use NRLM because they will not have to pay taxes on the fuel upon delivery.

On-Road Diesel Fuel – On-Road Diesel Fuel is clear or has the appearance of a light greenish hue. On-Road Diesel Fuel is mandated by the State to have a minimum 2% Bio-Diesel blend and have an Ultra-Low Sulfur content < 15ppm. On-Road Diesel Fuel presently contains a $.98714 per gallon, the highest in the country. Some Boroughs and Municipalities use On-Road Diesel fuel for their vehicles even though it is not required. They are allowed to submit a tax refund at the end of the year to reclaim the tax on the fuel if they are indeed using it.

In closing, many people have a misconception about Bio-Diesel Fuel as well. To clarify, Bio-Diesel or BIOHEAT® is blended with biodegradable organic materials such as soybean oil. It is a domestically produced, soy-based fuel that helps to support our nation’s farmers and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It is extremely clean burning and has the highest BTU content of any alternative fuel. It is not produced like Ethanol, where it takes food out of the food chain. It is actually a bi-product in the normal process of soy bean production. It can be made from a variety of other sources as well, such as left-over cooking oil and grease, linseed oil, coconut oil, algae and coffee beans to name a few.

Kevin Steele
Vice-President
H.B. Steele & Son, Inc.


January 2020

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

As with every day, must always take time to remember our neighbors and friends who are less fortunate. I am writing to you today to ask for your participation in our annual Fund Raising Drive for the Berks & Schuylkill County Salvation Army/SHARE Program.

This Program is administered jointly with the Berks & Schuylkill County Salvation Army. It is a truly wonderful program for all involved. The SHARE staff works diligently to see that the funds go directly to those who need it the most, but they also insist that those who need help, help themselves. The SHARE staff offers assistance to families in completing LIHEAP applications and they help keep families warm when they have no fuel. They refer agencies to help weatherize homes to reduce heating needs, as well as offer financial assistance in times of need. Most importantly, they require those who receive financial assistance to pay a portion of the bill themselves.

Since 2006, our association and its members have raised over $64,000. This year once again we are asking everyone to find it in their hearts to give to the less fortunate. This support has always come from both BSOHA Dealers & Associate members. The funds are then administered by the SHARE staff, to be used solely for oil heat needs.

Kindly send your donations, made payable to the Salvation Army to:

BSOHA
Attn: Chris Crooks, Secretary/Treasurer
16 Brimmer Ave.
New Holland, PA 17557

We thank you in advance for once again supporting the association in this effort. All donations will be presented to The Salvation Army at the BSOHA monthly meeting on February 20th, 2020 at Ozgood’s in Kutztown. We would like to invite everybody to attend the meeting for the presentation.

Sincerely,
Kevin Steele - President, BSOHA


October 10, 2019

Dear Members,

With the best interest of the heating oil industry in mind, I wanted to take this time to notify everyone that yesterday, the Board of The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association voted unanimously to ratify the Providence Resolution. The resolution in its entirety is attached. A summary is outlined below.

Thank You,
Kevin Steele
President – Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association

“Be it resolved that the heating oil industry will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, based on 1990 levels, by

  • 15 percent by 2023;
  • 40 percent by 2030; and
  • Net-zero by 2050.

“Be it further resolved that industry groups participating in and present for this summit, including NEFI, the various state associations, and NORA, will work together to do all that is necessary to achieve these goals.”


BSOHA - Golf Tournament 2019

Night Out with the Reading Royals


February 24, 2019 Night Out with the Reading Royals

American Energy Coalition Update

The AEC has been busy getting the word out, online and over the air.


By Thomas J. Tubman

The American Energy Coalition's mission is: "To respond to the challenges faced by the heating oil industry today, and in the future, through a constant, sustained, unified message and all-inclusive marketing program."

The AEC pursues this mission in a variety of ways, most of which you are probably well aware of. Bill inserts, data sheets, the creation of radio commercials, the sponsorship of regional radio campaigns, our weekly e-Alerts that draw attention to topics of interest to the heating oil industry, and so on. Perhaps one of the more important AEC marketing initiatives is our website. The website is rich with pro-oilheat information that is a valuable resource for retailers and homeowners alike. It also has a treasure-trove of truthful data on natural gas that the utilities, and the natural gas industry more broadly, would prefer not to discuss. All of our e-Alerts are archived on the site and there are also pages devoted to: the value provided by full-service dealers; conservation; pricing; science and research; safety; truth vs. myth; service; and the environment. The site is also interactive and can be used to research energy-related topics. By entering a search term you can find information like the Cornell Study that concluded burning coal to generate electricity is better for the environment than burning natural gas from fracked wells; or you can find the NORA/NBB report to Congress that shows ultra-low sulfur heating oil with a two percent biodiesel component is cleaner-burning than natural gas. You can find information on almost any energy-related subject you are looking for. If you haven't visited the AEC website recently, I urge you to do so. Encourage your customer service representatives and front-line people to do the same.

One AEC activity you may not know about is our pro-oilheat outreach. Certainly, we have been at trade shows, annual meetings and conferences with presentations discussing AEC activities and sometimes discussing other energy industry subjects. In October, AEC was asked to represent the Berks Schuylkill Oil Heat Association in Pennsylvania during hour-long radio interviews at radio stations in Reading and Pottsville to discuss energy issues with a pro-oilheat focus. This is the third year that AEC has been asked to represent the BSOHA in these interviews, which have been well received by the association’s members and local radio listeners.

One of the key aspects of these radio interviews is the AEC's, and the BSOHA's, ability to direct the conversations. Prior to the interviews, the AEC prepares questions and answers focusing on the topics we want to discuss: pipeline safety; supply; price; production; environmental issues, and the like. Three years ago, natural gas expansion projects, oil-to-gas conversions and the spread between oil and gas prices were the focus. This year, the issues that were central to the interviews were: lower heating oil pricing; the environmental benefits of ULSHO and Bioheat; and the glut of crude oil worldwide, caused by increases in U.S. oil production, which promises to keep oil prices low. One subject that hasn't received much press-two new, recent, crude oil discoveries here in the U.S.-did generate considerable interest this year among the radio hosts, retailers and the public. If you haven't seen any news reports on these two new discoveries, Apache Corp., Houston, Texas, announced in early September that it had a major new find in Texas that it is calling "Alpine High." And in early October Caelus Energy LLC, Dallas, Texas, announced a new discovery in Alaska, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Apache says the size of its newly discovered reserves is at least two billion barrels; and Caelus says the size of its discovery is 1.8 to 2.4 billion barrels. The Alaska find is particularly important to the Trans Alaska Pipeline, which is in danger of freezing up as volumes from the North Slope wane. So this is good news for Alaska's North Slope, which had been looking for new volumes to keep the oil flowing. AEC has reported on both of these stories through its e-Alerts. More information on both of these discoveries can be found on the AEC website.

So please, do yourself a favor, and take a few minutes to visit http://americanenergycoalition.com/

Thomas J. Tubman is the executive director of the American Energy Coalition.


Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,690 to the Salvation Army


February 25, 2019

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,690 to the Salvation Army The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) donated $4,690 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army on Thursday, February 21, 2019 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of local residents to a total contribution of $64,780.

Cpt. Sharon Tressler - Reading Corps and Envoy Gina Harris - Pottsville Corps of The Salvation Army were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Chris Crooks of Talley Petroleum, Grantville, PA.

“We are very pleased to make this donation to the Salvation Army. Our membership has always been willing to step forward and help those less fortunate,” stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: R.W. Beckett Corporation, Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., Lucknow-Highspire Terminals, LLC, Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and Santilli Oil Co. Inc.

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of oil heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction. To find a member dealer or to learn more about the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association log onto: www.bsoha.org.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto: www.salvationarmy.org.


BSOHA night at FirstEnergy Stadium


July 7, 2016

Thank you to all who attended this year's BSOHA night at FirstEnergy Stadium to catch the Reading Fightin Phils!

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Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,500 to the Salvation Army Virginville, PA - 2/19/16


February 24, 2016

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,500 to the Salvation Army (BSOHA) donated $4,500 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army on Thursday, February 18, 2016 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of local residents to a total contribution of $50,540.

Kevin Polito - Pottsville Corps, Mary Metzger - Pottsville Corps, Tony Calafaty - Reading Corps and Tajuana Destin - Reading Corps of the Salvation Army were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Ted Harris of Boston Environmental, Portsmouth, NH.

"We were very pleased to make this donation to the Salvation Army. I am very happy with the charity of our membership and their willingness to help those less fortunate,"" stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: AMERIgreen, Angus Energy, Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, Carroll Independent Fuel LLC, Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., Pyramid Petroleum Terminals LLC and R.F. Ohl.

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of oil heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction. To find a member dealer or to learn more about the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association log onto www.bsoha.org.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto www.salvationarmy.org.


Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $5,350 to the Salvation Army


February 26, 2015

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $5,350 to the Salvation Army The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) donated $5,350.00 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army Corps on Thursday, February 20, 2014 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. In the last 9 years, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of local residents to a total contribution of $46,040.

Ms. Mindy McCormick and Major Colin DeVault of the Salvation Army were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Ted Harris of Boston Environmental, Portsmouth, NH. "We were very pleased to make this donation to the Salvation Army. This is the third largest annual donation we have made since the program's inception. I am very pleased with the charity of our membership and their willingness to help those less fortunate," stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: AMERIgreen, Angus Energy, Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, Carroll Independent Fuel, LLC, Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., R.F. Ohl and Petroleum Products Corporation (PPC).

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of Oil Heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction. To find a member dealer or to learn more about the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association log onto www.bsoha.org. The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto www.salvationarmy.org.


2015 Salvation Army Donation Details


January 2015

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Salvation Army/SHARE Program As tough economic times are upon us, we must always take time to remember our neighbors and friends who are less fortunate. We are writing to you today to ask your participation in our annual Fund Raising Drive for the Berks & Schuylkill County Salvation Army/SHARE Program. This Program is administered jointly with the Reading Berks Conference of Churches and Schuylkill & Berks County Salvation Army. It is a truly wonderful program for all involved. The SHARE staff works diligently to see that the funds go directly to those who need it the most, but they also insist that those who need help, help themselves. The SHARE staff offers assistance to families in completing LIHEAP applications and they help keep families warm when they have no fuel. They refer agencies to help weatherize homes to reduce heating needs, as well as offer financial assistance in times of need. Most importantly, they require those who receive financial assistance to pay a portion of the bill themselves. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of area residents to a total contribution of $40,690. This year once again we are asking everyone to find it in their hearts to give to the less fortunate. This support has always come from both BSOHA Dealers & Associate members. The funds are then administered by the SHARE staff, to be used solely for oil heat needs.

Kindly send your donations, made payable to the Salvation Army to:
BSOHA
C/O Ted Harris, Treasurer
233 Briggs St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102

We thank you in advance for once again supporting the association in this effort. All donations will be presented to The Salvation Army at the BSOHA monthly meeting in February. We would like to invite everybody to attend the meeting for the presentation.

Sincerely,
Kevin Steele
President, BSOHA



2015 Reading Royals Game

Thank you to everyone who was able to make our 2015 night at the Reading Royals! We would like to thank the Reading Royals for hosting a great night for our association as well as putting on a great performance with a 6-2 win over the Brampton Beasts. Special thanks to Dave Trupe of PPC (www.ppcterminals.com) who donated food and refreshments. We look forward to seeing everyone at our golf tournament this spring and Reading Fightin Phils night this summer!


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2014 BSOHA Golf Outing


Fleetwood, PA
May 14th, 2014

Thank you to everyone that attended this year's BSOHA golf outing at Golden Oak Golf Course. It would not be possible without the help of all of the members and associate members that contributed to the event by participating, sponsoring, and donating prizes. With your help, it makes our golf outing one of the premier industry related events in the state. We hope to see you again in 2015 at the Schuylkill Country Club!


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2014 BSOHA Golf Outing 2014 BSOHA Golf Outing

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,875 to the Salvation Army


Virginville, PA
February 20, 2014
Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,875 to the Salvation Army

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) donated $4,875 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army Corps on Thursday, February 20, 2014 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of area residents to a total contribution of $40,690.

Captain Tammy Hench and Lt. Staci Ferreira of the Schuylkill County Salvation Army as well as Ms. Mindy McCormick and Major Colin DeVault of the Berks County Corp were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Ted Harris of Boston Environmental.

"We were very pleased to be able to make this annual donation to the Salvation Army. This winter has been very trying for families and their budgets due to the cold weather we have seen over the region. I am very pleased with the charity of our membership and rising to the occasion to help those less fortunate," stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: Angus Energy, Automotive Services, Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, Global Companies LLC, Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., Keller Oil, Kintzer Fuels and Petroleum Products Corporation (PPC).

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of Oil Heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction. To find a member dealer or to learn more about the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association log onto www.bsoha.org.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto www.salvationarmy.org.


Fund Raising Drive for the Berks & Schuylkill County Salvation Army/SHARE Program

Salvation Army/SHARE Program

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

As tough economic times are upon us, we must always take time to remember our neighbors and friends who are less fortunate. We are writing to you today to ask your participation in our annual Fund Raising Drive for the Berks & Schuylkill County Salvation Army/SHARE Program.

This Program is administered jointly with the Reading Berks Conference of Churches and Schuylkill & Berks County Salvation Army. It is a truly wonderful program for all involved. The SHARE staff works diligently to see that the funds go directly to those who need it the most, but they also insist that those who need help, help themselves. The SHARE staff offers assistance to families in completing LIHEAP applications and they help keep families warm when they have no fuel. They refer agencies to help weatherize homes to reduce heating needs, as well as offer financial assistance in times of need. Most importantly, they require those who receive financial assistance to pay a portion of the bill themselves.

In the past seven years, we have raised $35,865 through the generous support of our members. This year once again we are asking everyone to find it in their hearts to give to the less fortunate. This support has always come from both BSOHA Dealers & Associate members. The funds are then administered by the SHARE staff, to be used solely for oil heat needs.

Kindly send your donations, made payable to the Salvation Army to:
BSOHA
C/O Ted Harris, Treasurer
233 Briggs St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102

We thank you in advance for once again supporting the association in this effort. All donations will be presented to The Salvation Army at the BSOHA monthly meeting in February. We would like to invite everybody to attend the meeting for the presentation.

Sincerely,
Kevin Steele - President, BSOHA



Happy Holidays!

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat wishes a happy holiday

On behalf of the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association, we would like to wish our membership, families, and customers a very happy holidays! There will not be a meeting in the month of December but we look forward to our January meeting.


New England's Reliance on Natural Gas Drives Power Bills Up Nearly 20% This Winter

Read more about how the growing consumption of Natural Gas in the Northeast could eventually affect us closer to home.

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The Kelly Cup comes to BSOHA!

BSOHA is proud to be an annual partner of the Reading Royals each year. After the Royals championship season in 2012 - 2013, the cup made a stop at the first BSOHA meeting of the year. Below is the BSOHA board with a picture of the Kelly Cup. We will continue to support and root for the Royals this season as they look to repeat! Also be sure to check Royals game programs for BSOHA advertising throughout the season.


Learn more about the American Energy Coalition

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association is proud to partner with the American Energy Coalition to give homeowners in the Berks and Schuylkill areas a better understanding of the all the facts associated with supplying your home with Natural Gas. To learn more about the AEC please download their brochure below or visit their website below for facts and updates about current issues that could be affecting your home energy.

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BSOHA Night at the Reading Fightin Phils

June 11th, 2013

Thank you to all who attended this year's BSOHA night at FirstEnergy Stadium to catch the Fighting Phils vs. the Bowie Baysox. Unfortunately the game ended in a 7 - 4 loss for the home team but the amazing support from BSOHA members makes this one of the best attended outings of the season! Below are a few pictures from the game and we hope to catch you all again next Summer for this great event.


Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $6,825 to the Salvation Army

Virginville, PA - February 21, 2013
The Reading Royals Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $6,825 to the Salvation Army

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) donated $6,825 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army Corps on Thursday, February 21, 2013 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. This is the largest donation BSOHA has ever made to the Salvation Army SHARE Program. During the past 7 years, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of area residents to a total contribution of $35,865.

Captain Tammy Hench and Ms. Mary Metzger of the Schuylkill County Salvation Army as well as Ms. Mindy McCormick and Major Colin DeVault of the Berks County Corp were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Karen Bostard of Hafer Petroleum Equipment, Ltd. Reading.

"We were very pleased to be able to make the largest annual donation to the Salvation Army that BSOHA has since the fundraisers inception. Our donation was $1,275 more than last year. I am very pleased with the charity of our membership and rising to the occasion in these tough economic times," stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, BRT Inc., Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, Elk Environmental Services, Global Companies LLC, Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., Keller Oil, Kintzer Fuels and Petroleum Products Corporation.

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of Oil Heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto www.salvationarmy.org.

"Thank you for the wonderful dinner, fellowship, and kind donation. This is always a true blessing and helps us to help many more families in need."

- Mindy McCormick, The Salvation Army