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Gov. Walker Addresses State Propane Shortage
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/24/2014

'Wisconsin is doing everything it can to protect the health and well-being of its citizens who depend on propane to heat their homes and businesses.' Those were the opening remarks of Gov. Scott Walker's latest radio address this week. He says the state is one of many that's facing a propane shortage during this colder than normal winter season.

"Supplies of propane across the Midwest are tight because of a wet fall that impacted corn drying, a pipeline shutdown, and a very cold winter," Walker said. "With forecasts calling for continued cold weather, propane supplies will remain a challenge."

The governor has issued executive orders to allow for truckers that deliver propane to Wisconsin to drive longer hours. He says the state's transportation department has authorized a weight limit relief order for vehicles transporting energy to increase the amount of propane carried in a single trip.

"We're also working with surrounding states and our law makers in Washington. Working together, we now have a federal declaration of emergency from the U.S. Department of Transportation so that propane and fuel transporters can help meet the demand across the Midwest," he noted. "Even states as far away as Texas are helping us get propane to the Midwest."

Walker encouraged Wisconsinites to check on their neighbors and loved ones, particularly seniors and those most vulnerable, to make sure they have adequate heat. And be sure to keep your tank at least 30-percent full at all times.

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