December 22, 2000

Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives Announces Recall to Inspect Propane Gas


Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives (CHS) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is voluntarily coordinating the testing of propane gas delivered to dealers in five states. The propane may not have contained enough odorant to allow consumers to smell leaking gas, presenting a fire, explosion or thermal burn hazard to consumers. CHS learned of two explosions involving propane gas in Montana that resulted in four injuries. CHS is coordinating the testing of propane gas distributed to the following dealers to ensure that the propane produced at the CHS Refinery in Laurel, Montana contained adequate quantities of odorant.



Bingham Co-op, Blackfoot

CHS Propane Plant, Challis

Farmers Supply Cooperative, Council

CHS Propane Plant, Jerome



Farmers Union Oil, Baker

Rocky Mountain Supply, Belgrade

Farmers Union Oil, Chinook

Columbus Propane, Columbus

Mountain View Co-op, Dutton

Farmers Union Oil, Great Falls

Farmers Union Association, Hardin

CHS Country Operations, Havre

CHS Country Operations, Kalispsell

Town and Country Co-op, Laurel

Central Montana Propane, Lewistown

Farmers Union Oil, Lodge Grass

CHS Country Operations, Miles City

CHS Country Operations, Missoula

Farmers Union Oil, Worden



CHS Propane Plant, John Day



Skagit Farmers Supply, Mt. Vernon



Johnson County Co-op, Buffalo

Farmers Cooperative, Gillette

CHS Propane Plant, Gillette

Farmers Co-op Oil, Sheridan

Big Horn Co-op Association, Worland


Consumers who had propane deliveries or purchased propane from these dealers since June 1, 2000, should immediately contact their propane gas suppliers or retail locations where portable cylinders were filled to arrange for testing of the propane. The amount of odorant in the propane can be corrected on-site if the levels are found to be too low to detect by smell.

Consumers with questions should call Country Energy, LLC, an affiliate of CHS, 24 hours per day at (800) 635-3998. CHS Media Contact: Lani Jordan  (651) 451-4946