Dayton declares State of Emergency

Propane Shortage

The freezing cold temperatures may have you reluctant to look at your heating bill, but for those using propane it is much worse.

Those costs have Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declaring a Peacetime State of Emergency asking for three things.

One is asking the federal government and Texas to waive shipping restrictions and increase supplies to Minnesota. Another is helping eligible families with the rising cost and finally asking President Obama for additional assistance and to halt U.S. propane exports.

“It’s placing a real hardship on our local customers so it’s something that we have to be aware of and along with that we must continue to monitor the supply issue. It’s getting harder and harder to get the propane from the terminals to the local facilities as well,” said State Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin.

Talk of this began back in November.

“We started to see some problems with the delivery of propane. Obviously there was a shortage at that time because of the late harvest and gas being used to dry down the corn. We were fearful that some of the pipeline work that was going to take place was going to affect the flow of liquid propane,” Sparks said.

He said it would be a good idea for state leaders to revisit how delivered fuels are regulated in the state when they head back to St. Paul.

Governor Dayton has scheduled an emergency meeting this Friday at 3 p.m. to discuss the issue.

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