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Fueling the Future – RP Companies helps Luke AFB prepare for F-35 fighter jets

September 17th, 2014

Luke Air Force BaseThe new F-35 fighter jets are flying to The Valley, and RP Companies is pleased to be part of the welcoming party.

The F-35 Lightening II, which comes in three variants, will be the future of the U.S. tactical air support for decades. Glendale’s own Luke Air Force Base will be transformed into a training facility for these new jets, and RP Companies is excited to be assisting in their transformation.

Luke Air Force Base made the announcement of the new addition on their campaign website last month:

“Luke AFB will now have more F-35A’s assigned to its base in Glendale than any other installation in the Air Force. The announcement also paves the way for Luke to have a total of six squadrons totaling 144 F-35A jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center over the next several years.”

Part of the transition includes the relocation and addition of new underground natural gas line system, which will provide power throughout the facility.

That’s where we come in.

RP Companies began construction on this project at the beginning of March 2013 with our fleet of professionals, trucks and equipment that ranges from excavation and compaction, to safety and inspection equipment. We are fusing PE (polyethylene) gas lines, providing main shut off points, and metering locations to support the needs of the new facility and adjoining buildings with the plan of future expansion.

RP Companies was sought out by Archer Western Contractors who brought us on for our extensive knowledge in installing natural gas lines, our small business certification and our ability to conduct our self according to the strict safety guidelines and commitment to excellence required for a Federal project. The project is expected to continue through the end of the year.

Take Proper Precautions When Digging or Completing Home Improvement Projects

July 17th, 2014

Below is an article that was featured on FOX 10 News on October 17th, 2013 about a women and man who were injured when their house exploded. The explosion was the result of a gas leak that occurred after the family started digging in their backyard.

Peoria house explosion caused by natural gas leak
Posted: October 17, 2013 4:15 PM MST
Updated: October 22, 2013 4:16 PM MST
By Steve Krafft

digging in backyardPEORIA, ARIZONA – The family of a 21-year old woman burned when her house exploded is speaking out. The woman and a man were inside the home near 79th Avenue and Cholla when a massive explosion destroyed the home, and sent both of them to the hospital in bad shape.

First a look at this tremendous explosion. To show you how powerful it was, the house was gutted. And then a fierce fire. According to her family, 21 year-old Tiara Del Rio was injured in Wednesday’s devastating explosion, along with her boyfriend.

Her family says his name is Beau, age 32.

Both have very serious injuries and are now in the burn center at Maricopa Medical Center.

“When we came in here last night to see her, she was aware, awake, said she lit a candle, things went boom. Beau carried her outside and then she woke up here,” says Stephen Lewis, Tiara’s uncle.

The morning after, investigators are picking their way through charred 2-by-4s after the teeth-rattling blast.

Dogs sniffed through the rubble — maybe an indication there may be competing theories into what went so terribly wrong. Southwest Gas has been out there, but now we are also seeing police and fire investigators.

The ATF is on the scene as well looking for clues. The explosion has neighbors’ nerves on edge.

“There were multiple explosions, almost sounded like propane tanks were going off like, shoosh shoosh shoosh shoosh,” says neighbor Kayla Alonzo.

Meanwhile, Tiara Del Rio’s family is grateful for the help of her boyfriend.

“I really wanted to get with you guys, to thank Beau for pulling her out of that. In my mind he is a hero, we told his family last night. We consider him a hero in our family and when this is all said and done I will consider him a hero forever.”

UPDATE: Police officials said Thursday night they believe the gas leak began from digging going on in the home’s backyard. Crews have turned off the gas to nearby homes.

Repairing Gas LinesEach year thousands of homes and buildings explode resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries. Most of these explosions are due to individuals not taking the proper precautions when digging or completing property improvements. The smallest dig in your backyard or the smallest do-it-yourself repair could cause a gas leak. Once the gas leak reached combustable levels, the property can become very dangerous and something as simple as turning on a light switch could cause a explosion.

It is very important to have a blue stake completed before you start digging on a property and hire a gas contractor like RP Gas Piping to locate private gas lines. RP Gas Piping is certified and licensed and employs superior trained personnel to make sure the work will be done correct and safely. Contact them today at (602) 252-1635.

Who regulates natural gas and liquid propane industry?

July 9th, 2014

gas pipe signHave you ever wondered who regulates the natural gas and liquid propane industry? The best answer is “lots of people.” Anything relating to drilling, processing, refining and transporting oil and gas is regulated by numerous federal, state, county and city agencies. Below is a small sample of the agencies who are directly involved with the natural gas and liquid propane industry. Each one of these agencies has hundreds of laws, rules and regulations to protect and regulate the natural gas and liquid propane industry.

1. US Environmental Protection Administration
2. US Department of Labor
3. US Department of Transportation
4. US Federal Emergency Management Agency
5. US Department of Energy
6. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
7. Federal Trade Commission
8. US Department of State
9. Internal Revenue Service
10. Department of Homeland Security
11. US Federal Power Commission
12. US Department of Agriculture
13. US Attorney’s Office
14. Arizona Corporation Commission
15. Arizona Public Service Commission
16. Arizona State Fire Marshal
17. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
18. Arizona Department of Weights & Measures
19. Arizona State Land Department
20. Arizona Register of Contractors
21. Arizona Attorney Generals Office
22. Maricopa County Planning & Zoning
23. Maricopa County Attorneys Office
24. Maricopa County Fire Districts
25. City of Phoenix Planning and Zoning Department
26. City of Phoenix Fire Department
27. Phoenix City Attorneys Office

Gas PipesThis is why it is very important to work with an experience company when it comes to completing your natural gas or liquid propane project. An experienced company, such as RP Gas Companies located in Phoenix, Arizona, is familiar with all the laws, rules and regulations needed to manage projects of all shapes and sizes. As a recognized leader of quality, accountability and professionalism that will save both homeowners and contracts time and money. Contact RP Companies today!

What is Blue Stake?

July 2nd, 2014

Blue StakeArizona Blue Stake performs excavation information services and stakeholder education designed to provide for public safety and underground equipment damage prevention in accordance with the state requirements. Blue Stake works with homeowners, professional excavators, facility owners and operators, designers and landscapers throughout the state of Arizona to identify telecommunication, electric or gas distribution lines. By visiting their website at, an individual or a business can create an online ticket with Blue Stake to identify areas of concern on a property before any digging or construction occurs. The service is free and is required to be complete before any excavation projects can begin. Once a ticket has been created with Arizona Blue State, a facility owner or operator in the area will either mark their underground facilities or indicate a status of “No Conflict” at the property. Once the property has been marked or “blue staked,” then the homeowner or business can begin their excavating project and address the areas of concern.

Blue Stake ColorsIt is important to remember that an individual or company that will be digging on a property can be held civilly liable for all damages and may be prosecuted for any criminal violations. In short, this means that any person that digs a trench or hole without clearing it with Arizona Blue Stake could end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, damages, judgments and even serve time in prison.

That is why is it very important to contact a professional before you complete any projects. RP Companies is Arizona’s number one contractor for all your electrical, gas and telecommunication services. They have the staff, equipment and experience to complete all types of projects while staying in compliance with all applicable city and state ordinances. Call RP Companies at 602-252-1635 to discuss your next project.