Updated at 4:35 p.m.
Less than a year after former American Gas Association senior managing counsel Jeff Petrash started consulting for the National Propane Gas Association in Washington, the trade group for the U.S. propane industry tapped him to serve as its first general counsel.
Petrash became the National Propane Gas Association's vice president and general counsel this month after starting as a consultant for the group last fall. As a senior managing counsel at the American Gas Association from 2000 to 2011, he helped the U.S. natural gas industry trade organization on federal regulatory and legislative work, becoming the group's chief lobbyist on climate change matters. He left the group in 2011 following the arrival of Dave McCurdy as the organization's president and chief executive officer.
Petrash said Monday he is "very flattered" that the National Propane Gas Association created a vice president and general counsel position that will allow him to work on legislative, regulatory and litigation matters, including gas issues concerning exportation, cost and climate change.
The National Propane Gas Association spent $1.1 million on federal government advocacy in 2012, according to congressional records. The group most recently lobbied on issues that included bills related to alternative fuel vehicles and anti-terrorism security for chemical facilities.
"Jeff's extensive knowledge of federal and state regulation of the energy industry and his background in natural gas policy and legislation are an ideal fit for the propane industry as we focus on getting policies in place that will facilitate greater adoption of propane in applications ranging from home heating to fueling fleets," Rick Roldan, the organization's president and chief executive officer, said in a written statement.