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Bacolod City to ban LPG-refilled butane canisters

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An ordinance prohibiting the practice of refilling butane canisters with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has been proposed in Bacolod City.

Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, author of the ordinance, said the Department of Energy has already discouraged the public from buying LPG-refilled butane canisters due to numerous fire-related incidents.

Butane canisters are not intended to be used more than once, said Verdeflor in a Panay News article.

Once the butane gas is all used up, the politiko explained that the canister, which cannot withstand the bigger pressure from LPG, must be discarded.

She also stressed that LPG in the Philippines is a mixture of propane and butane gases, with a higher pressure of 480 to 1050 kPa than pure butane (485 kPa max).

Her proposal penalizes violators (haulers) a fine of P3,000 while P5,000 fine for the vehicle used for the commission of the offense.

It also imposes a fine of P5,000 on the owner of the property or outlet dispensing or refilling with LPG butane canisters.