Energy Extras



Energy Markets and Shop Services

By Gerry Crawford, Energy Sales

Planting season is well underway with some of our trade area wetter than we would like. While this creates a challenging spring, the moisture in our soil profile is a very good thing.

Some things that could affect the energy markets as we go forward include the following. The Western Energy Alliance, a trade group representing oil and gas companies that drill on federal lands in the western U.S, has sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management seeking to block a rule that will raise fees for oil and gas development on federal lands.  This is said to be a part of the U.S. government's broader effort to boost returns and address environmental harms stemming from drilling on public lands.   Under the new policy, finalized last month, oil and gas companies will pay higher bonds to help ensure old oil and gas wells are plugged and restored, as well as increased lease rents, minimum auction bids and royalty rates for the fuels they extract. 

When we look at the week ending May 17th, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) increased by 1.8 million barrels. At 458.8 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are about 3% below the five year average for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 0.9 million barrels and are about 2% below the five year average for this time of year. Finished gasoline inventories increased, while blending components inventories decreased last week. Distillate fuel inventories increased by 0.4 million barrels and are about 7% below the five year average for this time of year.

Propane/propylene inventories increased by 2.2 million barrels from last week and are 14% above the five year average for this time of year. Total commercial petroleum inventories increased by 7.5 million barrels last.  Refineries operated at 91.7% of their capacity.

With the days getting warmer, we would like to remind you that we have AC recharging machines at our Salem and Scotland stations. Some of the other services we offer are tire repair, oil changing and light mechanic work on autos, truck DOT inspections, and diesel engine repair.

We want to thank you for your business!




Energy Markets & Services

By Scott Chase, Energy Department Manager

At the end of April, the energy markets took a deep loss after a larger-than-expected surge in U.S. crude oil stocks. The Department of Energy reported that crude inventories increased by 7.3 million barrels. Gasoline also saw a surprising jump in its stock by 344,000 barrels. Diesel experienced a smaller than expected draw, down 730,000 barrels. Adding to the selloff were ongoing peace talks in the Middle East and no surprises on interest rates from the Federal Government. Lastly, the large selloff in crude brought its value under $80 a barrel, which is the first time since the beginning of March. With that I would like to show you what the stations in Salem and Scotland offer.




Cenex Grease Types and the Benefits of Molybdenum Disulfide (Moly) Grease

By Gerry Crawford, Energy Sales

Scott and I thought that with spring work right around the corner we should provide you with some basic information on the types of grease products we offer in our CFC trade area.

Cenex Grease types

Maxtron FS = Maxtron FS has excellent structural stability. The 100% synthetic base oils give it excellent performance properties at both high- and low-temperatures. High structural shear stability and a high-performance base oil make it an outstanding multi-purpose grease.

Maxtron EP = Maxtron EP is produced with a specially selected synthetic blend base oil combined with a lithium complex thickener for high-temperature performance, and a carefully balanced additive package for superior rust control, oxidation control and wear protection.

Molyplex 500+ = Molyplex 500+ is a premium, heavy duty multi-purpose lithium complex grease recommended for automotive, industrial, and agricultural use. Molyplex 500+ contains 1.3% moly (Molybdenum Disulfide), one of the most effective dry film lubricating substances available.

Blue Gard 500+ = Blue Gard® 500+TM is a modern, high-performance, heavy duty, lithium complex multi-purpose grease, that sets a new standard for automotive, industrial, and agricultural use. Blue Gard 500+ qualifies for the highest performance level of automotive chassis and wheel-bearing grease classification, GC-LB for its #2 NLGI grade. Its excellent low-temperature characteristics, water resistance properties and superior oxidation control allow for long service in both on- and off-road equipment.

ML 365 = ML 365® is a high-quality multi-purpose, all season lithium grease available in NLGI grades 00, 0, 1 and 2. This product provides wide temperature range protection and can be recommended for many applications in agriculture, construction and industrial environments.

Molybdenum Disulfide (Moly) Grease

Molybdenum (muh-lib-duh-nuh m), also known as “Moly” is a key component when it comes to protecting equipment in harsh operating conditions. The principal ore from which molybdenum is extracted is molybdenite. The appearance and texture of this crystalline sulfide is very similar to graphite. Moly is made stronger with the addition of plastics, making it ideal to be used as a solid lubricant to reduce friction.

Moly is found in four Cenex grease products: HD Moly Xtreme, Molyplex 500+, Maxtron® EP and Aluben EP Moly grease. With the enhancement of moly, you can expect superior resistance to wear from shock loading and heavy-duty applications. Molybdenum Disulfide along with other additives, contribute to the Cenex brand of high-quality greases used for protection in automotive, construction, and agricultural equipment.

For more information on these products, please reach out to your local CFC location.

Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.




CFC's Safety & Delivery Policies

As a valued propane customer, your safety is our main concern.
We would like to make you aware of our delivery policies.
Our policies follow the National Fire Protection Association mandates, state codes, insurance requirements
and the CFC credit policies.
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 Energy Staff

Scott Chase
Energy Department Manager
Cell: 605-661-4896
Gerry Crawford
Energy Sales
Cell: 605-460-1176
Brad Dykes
Propane Truck Driver
Cell: 605-212-8261
JT Kass 
Scotland Shop Manager
 Cell: 605-661-2162