Walker Declares State of Emergency Over Propane Shortage
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/27/2014
Governor Scott Walker has declared a State of Emergency in response to the propane shortage that is impacting Wisconsin in light of the extremely dangerous temperatures expected to move across the state this week. The declaration directs all state agencies to be on alert and to assist as needed.
"The health and safety of our citizens is our number one priority, and this declaration gives us the necessary resources to protect the residents of Wisconsin," Walker said. "Since last fall, we have taken action to help alleviate the impact the propane shortage is having on our state. I will do everything I can within
my power to help our friends and loved ones relying on propane to heat their homes or businesses during this challenging situation."
The supply shortage in the upper Midwest has caused delivery delays and reduced delivery amounts for propane customers in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states. The shortage has been caused by unusually cold winter temperatures and the temporary closing of a major pipeline last month that supplied
propane to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
Walker's declaration allows propane delivery drivers to log more hours than previously allowed, and authorizes a weight limit relief order for vehicles transporting energy products like propane and fuel oil.
The governor also issued a public service announcement last week providing Wisconsinites with information about the current propane shortage and asking their help in looking out for residents who are being impacted.