The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee has received a letter from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to support farmers and rural residents across the Midwest and to create awareness for the need for a continued supply of propane to Midwest states.
The letter aims to ensure that FERC is knows that farmers and grain elevator operators are dealing with propane shortages while trying to finish harvest and prepare grain for storage. The timing of higher prices happens as below normal temperatures have arrived early and residential use of propane is also increasing. In 2014, FERC took extraordinary measures to address catastrophic conditions and propane shortages.
Thief River Falls Radio spoke with two local vendors of propane and they have propane in stock and have not had any difficulty with supply. One vendor said that a supply truck driver had mentioned that much of the propane was stopping in the corn belt as it was in great demand there. Number 1 clear diesel has also been a little more difficult to find but that may just be a matter a different grade of diesel in the pipeline.