Illinois' propane community is hailing the governor’s declaration of an energy emergency. This comes as a triple-barreled demand – pipeline problems, grain-drying from a wet harvest, and the current cold snap – overwhelms supply.

“We put anywhere between a 30 and a 70 percent increase on our infrastructure,” says John Tibbs, director of education and safety for the Illinois Propane Gas Association. “There's no way you can plan for that.”

 

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The regulations suspended during the emergency have to do with the number of hours a driver can be on the road and the sort of license a driver needs to transport propane between states, all in the service of bringing more LP gas into Illinois.

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