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Governor, propane industry to meet Monday-Emergency orders given


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- The shortage of propane gas is causing serious concerns during this latest cold weather snap. Over 250,000 Wisconsinites depend on propane to heat homes and businesses, and many are having trouble getting the fuel. Those that can find it are paying very high prices.

Governor Scott Walker plans to meet with propane industry representatives Monday to see if the state can do anything further to help. He says its a supply shortage, and was apparently caused by early cold weather coupled with heavy crop drying use this past fall.

Walker says he has taken one first step already to help move the fuel into Wisconsin. “I’ve issued executive orders that allow for truckers that deliver propane to Wisconsin to drive longer hours, while doing so safely.”

The Governor says they’ve worked with federal officials to have a declaration of emergency issued, allowing for more out-of-state help in getting the fuel to Wisconsin.

Walker says the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has also relaxed certain road restrictions for propane haulers. “Our state Department of Transportation has authorized a weight limit relief order for vehicles transporting energy in the state to increase the amount of propane carried in a single trip.

Governor Walker is urging Wisconsinites to check on their neighbors and loved ones, especially seniors, and welcome them into your homes when necessary to keep them warm. Turning down the thermostat will stretch that fuel a while longer, too.