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Congressman Long: Propane Is Available, Hard to Get

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- KOLR10 asked 7th district congressman Billy Long what he's doing to help with propane supplies.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Warmer temperatures will go a long way to help people trying to heat with propane.

KOLR10 has reported supplies in the Midwest and Northeast being low which pushed prices to record highs.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says those prices are up more than 17 percent from a year ago.

It's making it difficult to heat homes, keep livestock warm and fuel farm operations.

KOLR10 asked 7th district congressman Billy Long what he's doing to help.

“There is propane available,” says Long. “There's a lot in Texas and we're making en roads to get it up to Missouri. It’s unsustainable. Number one, charging four to five dollars a gallon for propane but number two, to add insult to injury where you can't get the propane. We're doing everything we can to make sure the hours of service are waived so truckers can get that propane in a timely fashion and try to help these people."

Thirty-three states have asked the white house for an emergency declaration.

That would allow shippers with valid commercial licenses to drive more hours and more consecutive days to deliver propane.

Another Missouri lawmaker, Lynn Morris, is looking at the possibility of compensation to Missourians to help pay the high price.

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