Governor declares propane emergency in Illinois

By WEEK Producer

Governor declares propane emergency in Illinois

January 27, 2014 Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Governor Pat Quinn has declared a propane supply emergency in Illinois.

The governor issued a disaster proclamation on Monday stating that a “disaster exists within the State of Illinois as a result of critical shortages of liquefied petroleum gas.”

Wet fall weather and recent frigid temperatures have increased demand for propane and caused distribution problems across the state.

Monday’s declaration will loosen regulations and allow propane truck drivers to drive to other states and fill their tanks. It also lifts limits on how long truck drivers can work within 24 hours which will allow them to travel farther to pick up propane.

About 35 percent of Illinois households rely on propane as a heating source

As of Friday, propane heading for the Midwest changed hands at $4.30 a gallon, more than double its price a week earlier.