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Oklahoma Propane Shortage

An increased demand led to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallen declaring a state of emergency to deal with a depleting supply of propane.
MIAMI, OK.--- Snow, ice, and freezing rain across Oklahoma has caused a spike in propane demand and also caused the delivery of the fuel to take longer than usual because of road conditions. Approximately 400,000 Oklahomans rely on propane to heat their homes. Midwest Propane in Miami provides the fuel to about 4,500 people in this area alone. Manager Chris Cole says they've been abnormally busy since the recent snow storms.

"Certainly, with the colder weather we've seen quite a large increase in demand," said Chris Cole, Midwest Propane Manager. 

The demand means a spike in propane prices. Going up by 70 to 90 cents per gallon, with the current price at $2.30. An increased demand led to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallen declaring a state of emergency to deal with a depleting supply of propane. She's waved licensing requirement to help transporters deliver the fuel faster.

"In allowing drivers to run longer hours and longer periods without rest stops," said Cole. 

Midwest Propane hasn't experienced a shortage of fuel, but has experienced slow delivery. 

"Propane has been out on occasion. There have been some situations where if we placed an order, it wouldn't be delivered to us until the next day or the following day," said Cole. 

Cole says Northeast Oklahoma is doing pretty well. Adding the executive order issued was mainly to help the Southern region.

"Southeast Oklahoma's geography is a little bit rougher and a little bit harder to access," said Cole. 

The executive order is effective through February 4th. Governors in 15 other states have issued similar orders.

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