Propane Toxicity, Contamination, and Spills
Propane is nontoxic, noncaustic and will not create an environmental hazard if released as a liquid or vapor into water or soil. If large quantities, are spilled the only environmental damage that could occur is freezing any organism or plant life in the immediate area. There is no long term effects following a propane spill no matter the quantity. The potential danger with propane spills is the vapor emitted could be ignited. But even then there are no long term damage to the environment.
- Propane is not considered a greenhouse gas.
- Propane will only cause bodily harm if liquid propane comes in contact with skin (boiling point 44 F).
- Propane vapor is not harmful if accidentally inhaled by birds, animals, or people.
- Propane is not damaging to freshwater or saltwater ecosystems, underwater plant or marine life.
- Propane will not cause air pollution. Propane vapor is not considered air pollution.
Propane Gas Emissions
The U.S. Government energy policymakers and other energy administrative bodies have listed propane as an approved clean fuel. A study was conducted by The Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX determined after multiple studies that the use of propane cuts smog producing exhaust up to 70%. These propane emissions are so clean that propane powered forklifts are being used indoors in warehouses worldwide.
Additionally, many consumers are switching their vehicles and other machinery to propane powered vehicles. This service is coming soon at Como Oil & Propane of Florida.