Propane Shortage A Concern As New Arctic Blast Moves In

Posted On January 27, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

thermometer-cold-ice.jpg(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Temperatures to start the week will be very, very cold, further tightening concerns about a propane shortage in the Midwest.

A Wind Chill Warning will be in effect for the entire tri-state from noon Monday through 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service says wind chill readings Monday will be 10 to 15 degrees below zero, then falling to 25 below overnight.

Temperatures did warm up to just above freezing this past weekend, but not enough to improve the condition of some rural roads. In Kentucky, Grant County Schools will be closed again Monday. In Indiana, Switzerland County Schools are on a two-hour delay.

Switzerland County remains on an Orange, or Level 2, travel watch. All other southeast Indiana counties are on Yellow, or Level 1, travel advisory.

The latest round of bitter cold comes as Indiana is facing a propane shortage. Utility companies are recommending that propane users can turn down thermostats and place blankets over windows.

Last week, both Indiana and Ohio’s governors issued emergency declarations easing restrictions on the shipment of propane. Indiana Governor Pence issued an emergency proclamation on January 3 waiving statutes that limit the hours of service for propane transporters in order to help suppliers better meet market demands. Pence extended that order on January 17, 2014, and it will remain in effect until January 31, 2014.

“As fellow Hoosiers feel the impact of recent propane shortages and near-record low temperatures, I urge the people of Indiana to conserve their own propane supply as much as possible, to reach out to their neighbors, and look out for each other,” said Pence.

The governor has also ordered all INDOT propane gas-powered vehicles to use diesel fuel instead of propane through March 1.

Pence said his office will be in close communication with the propane industry to monitor developments and help propane used through the crisis.