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Gov. Kasich Lifts Propane Transport Regulations Amidst Shortage
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Andrew Michael) -- Delivery drivers will be working overtime to help Ohioans combat a propane-shortage currently affecting much of the country.
The fuel shortage has led Governor John Kasich to declare a state of emergency that allows for the lifting of regulations that limit the transportation of propane. A similar proclamation has since been ordered by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation that will affect 30 states.
The National Propane Gas Association blames the shortage, in part, on an increased demand for propane in the U.S. that was made worse in December due to the affects of record-low temperatures on crops.
Ohio officials hope the increased transport allowances will enable propane companies to scale down cut-backs that are impacting customers. Eastern Ohio company Amerigas is currently limiting fill-ups to 100 gallons at a time, and will only deliver propane to customers when their fuel levels fall below 20 percent.
Repair work on a pipeline, the early start to winter, and higher-than-normal U.S. propane exports are also cited as contributing factors to the shortage.