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Gov. Pence Calls On President To Address Propane Shortage

Governor Mike Pence, along with several other governors, sent a letter to President Obama asking him to take steps to ease the propane shortage.

The Propane Education and Research Council says propane supply isn't the issue, it's getting it to the where it's needed.

Photo: Sylvia Bao/ WFIU News

The Propane Education and Research Council says the nation's propane supply is large enough to meet demand but suppliers cannot get it to their customers quickly enough.

Governor Mike Pence today joined fellow governors from the Midwestern Governors Association in signing a letter to President Barack Obama requesting immediate assistance to address the current propane supply shortage across the Midwest.

The letter calls on the entire Administration, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and any other relevant agencies to take any possible steps to increase propane supplies through any means of transport.

“As Midwestern governors, we have been working in our individual states and throughout the region to manage this fuel shortage by declaring states of emergency, loosening regulatory restrictions, and providing financial assistance to those in need,” the letter reads.

Pence last week announced new steps to ease the propane shortage, including a loosening of restrictions on hours of service for propane transporters and increasing financial assistance for low-income Hoosiers’ energy bills.

Claire McInerny contributed to this report.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • Jme

    As long as we have the president’s ear, can we suggest an investigation into the fuel industry that created this artificial shortage and the price gouging that accompanied it? Those who are responsible should be fined, and consumers should be compensated for the overpayment for fuel this winter.

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