I lease a 500 gal. propane tank from a local propane company (Company Sad)! Company Sad has current price of $2.09 a gallon ..a lock-in price of $2.14 a gallon ..and a pre-buy price of $2.04 a gallon. They are the highest in the entire area. Other propane suppliers in the area range from a low of 1.49 a gallon current price ..1.49 a gallon lock-in price ..and $1.59 a gallon for pre-buy. I decided to lock in until next May 2007 with another company at $1.49 a gallon.(Company Happy). So ..I called Company Sad and asked them what the procedure was for getting them to remove their tank (so that I could have Company Happy install their tank). Company Sad told me that they'd have to pump it out to 5% or less ..and they charge $100 to pump out (tank is currently 50% full). Then ..they'd reimburse me the difference from the amount of fuel in the tank. As expected ..I wasn't thrilled with having to pay $100 to have the tank pumped out ..so I called Company Happy ..and told them my dilemma. Company Happy said "No problem ..we can pump it out for you free and transfer it to our tank ..providing they give us permission to do it". So ..I called Company Sad and asked them if we could get their permission to have Company Happy pump it out. Well ..Company Sad got a bit rude ..said it was "illegal to have another company pump out propane from their tank" ..said they "don't even understand why Company F would suggest such a thing since it was illegal" ..and he proceeded to exclaim that he "didn't appreciate the other company suggesting such a thing since he wouldn't do it to them". So ..I called Company Happy back ..and they told me it was "NOT illegal" ..but they did "have to have Company P's permission". So ..I asked Company Happy if they'd just come and drop their tank and fill it at $1.49 a gallon ..and I'd just leave Company Sad's tank there and not use it. I said the propane left in that tank is paid for ..and if it has to sit there for several years ..no problem on my part. They were very cooperative and they said they'd be more than happy to deliver and install their tank. We agreed ..and they took credit information from me over the phone. Then Company Happy said they'd also call Company Sad and ask why they told me it was illegal when it isn't ..and relay the information back to me. So ..an hour later ..I called Company Happy back and asked what Company Sad's response was when they called them. Well ..suddenly Company Happy said there were 'further developments ..and that Company Happy has maintained a good relationship with Company Sad over the years ..and they didn't want to do anything to harm their working relationship. So ..now Company Happy won't install their own tank on my property as long as Company Sad's tank is here. Company Happy originally said they would ..we agreed ..they took credit information and everything ..and now suddenly after apparently talking with Company Sad ..now Company Happy won't do what they told me they would do. I wonder how Company Sad can refuse to have another legal reputable company pump my own propane out of their tank when its on my property? If there were some unreasonable danger ..I could understand that. But to refuse to allow it just because they want to charge me $100 ..I think something is seriously wrong with that. I also think its collusion on somebody's part where one company was willing to work with me ..but immediately after talking with the other company ..now they won't. I use about 1200 gallons of propane a year. The difference between $2.09 a gallon and $1.49 a gallon is 60 cents a gallon (at 1200 gallons that equals a savings of $720 a year.) So we are not talking about just a couple dollars here. Its enough to make it highly worthwhile. It just seems unreasonable that one propane company is willing to pump out the tank for free ..but the other company won't give their permission because they want to charge me $100. I think that is highly unethical. Since it is propane ..and probably under some kind of regulatory law ..is there some kind of regulatory agency that can stand up to unethical practices such as that?