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Propane shortage and soaring costs affecting rural Iowans


This news story was published on January 22, 2014.
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gas-burner-carbon-monoxideNIT – Rural Iowans who heat their homes with propane are feeling the sting of a propane shortage this winter, and prices for the commodity are rising.

According to several sources, the propane gas market is rising at an extreme rate. Total propane supplies have been running behind previous years, and continued extreme cold across the nation has produced huge propane demand. One local supplier said this week that demand is quickly depleting already low supply reserves. The same supplier said it is “adequately supplied” at this time but may need to seek new supplies if pipeline allocations are reduced. The company asked customers to “Turn down, or turn off any discretionary heating.”

In December, Governor Terry Branstad approved an emergency declaration suspending regulations pertaining to hours of service for drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting propane, to allow for faster delivery.

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6 Responses to Propane shortage and soaring costs affecting rural Iowans

  1. LVS Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    If they hadn’t shipped the propane off shore this fall there would have been plenty for the winter. It is bull that our tax money subsidizes the oil company’s and they use it to screw us.

    • JB Johnson/Britt Reply Report comment

      January 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      guy told me today reason supply is down because so much space was used for natural gas coming off North Dakota drill sites

      • Nature Boy Reply Report comment

        July 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        That’s correct, LVS is wrong yet again.

  2. William Jefferson Clapton Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Insulate and air seal your house.
    Fill the tank in the summer, when it is cheaper.
    Turn down the thermostat.

    Simple things people.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      While those are great things to do, unfortunately you are still constrained by the size of your LP tank. It doesn’t exactly have a never ending supply in it.