Walorski seeks federal help to ease propane shortage

The propane shortage is driving prices to record levels during the recent cold spell.

Posted on Jan. 29, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski is seeking federal help to ease the propane shortage hitting the Midwest and Northeast.

The Indiana Republican spoke Wednesday, Jan. 29, on the House floor, reading a letter she wrote Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, asking him to extend an exemption from mandatory rest time rules that propane haulers must follow. The exemption, which expires Feb. 11, frees truck drivers who haul propane from abiding by safety rules that limit consecutive work hours.

Propane prices have hit record-high levels as supply, tightened by several unrelated factors, has met with high demand caused by frigid weather. Local propane companies are placing limits on how much propane customers can receive when having their home heating tanks filled, which is resulting in more frequent deliveries. Propane haulers also must drive longer distances to access propane.

"As additional winter storms and unusually low temperatures continue to impact the Hoosier state, the situation is becoming critical," read the letter, signed by other members of Indiana's congressional delegation.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he will hold a press conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. to provide an update on the state's actions to help Hoosiers during the propane shortage.



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