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State senator monitoring propane shortage

LANSING (WTVB) - Branch County’s representative in the Michigan Senate says he’s staying on top of the propane gas shortage situation in the state. State Senator Bruce Caswell has continued to work throughout the past week with the Governor’s office and other legislators in an attempt to alleviate the ongoing shortage.

Friday afternoon, Caswell participated in a meeting with the Governor’s staff and top officials of several state departments to discuss further options for increasing the propane gas supplies in Michigan and attempting to make the price situation more manageable for consumers.  At this time, Caswell says all options are being investigated and considered. Governor Snyder has extended the emergency order that allows truckers to drive more hours until February 11th.  He and other Midwestern governors have called on the Federal Government to relax weight restrictions on interstate highways, so that heavier tank trucks can transport larger quantities of propane gas from southern states.  The propane processing plant in the Upper Peninsula has returned to full production.  Shipments of propane gas from Europe are being made to the northeastern Atlantic coast states in order to relieve the demand from those states and reroute propane to Michigan and other Midwestern states.

The Attorney General continues to monitor prices for possible gouging and encourages citizens to report alleged gouging.  Citizens that believe they have experienced propane gas price gouging may report it to the Attorney General’s office, toll-free, at 1-877-765-8388.