U.S. Lawmakers, Governor Call for Immediate Action on Propane Shortage

The governor and Minnesota members of Congress are seeking action from the Obama administration to address the state’s propane shortage.
(Published Feb 3, 2014)

In a letter to President Obama, the Minnesota members of Congress and Gov. Dayton urged the administration to knock down regulatory barriers, take additional steps to alleviate the shortage, and provide relief to families and agriculture producers.

With the propane shortage in Minnesota having reached a crisis point, Gov. Dayton declared a state of emergency on Jan. 27, and has been working to increase the supply of propane being transported to the state. Additionally, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is urging railway companies to increase propane shipments to Minnesota.

In a letter sent to two major rail companies, BNSF and Canadian Pacific, Sen. Franken called for action to help Minnesotans who are running low on propane during the severe winter cold. An estimated 250,000 homes, businesses, and farming operations in Minnesota use propane.

Because of the growing concern, the State Emergency Operations Center has established a hotline—(800) 657-3504—for those with questions or issues. The hotline provides information on energy assistance programs and other resources for residences. While these programs do not assist cities with rising propane costs, the League is encouraging cities to document those impacts and relay them to their legislators in case supplemental budget funds can be made available.

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