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Gov. Bentley declares state of emergency due to propane shortage

Posted: Updated: Jan 23, 2014 09:24 PM
(Source: Governor's Office) (Source: Governor's Office)
Most Alabama poultry farmers depend on propane gas to keep flocks warm, and some farmers have reported problems getting tanks filled. (Source: Alabama Farmers Federation) Most Alabama poultry farmers depend on propane gas to keep flocks warm, and some farmers have reported problems getting tanks filled. (Source: Alabama Farmers Federation)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency for all of Alabama due to the threat of a propane gas shortage because of extreme cold weather.

According to the governor's office, the declaration will enable the governor to invoke emergency preparedness measures, including Alabama's price gouging law. It will also suspend the rules and regulations on the purchase and sale of propane directed by the propane industry and allow tank owners to purchase propane from any company that sells it. The declaration will also allow greater flexibility in the delivery to homes, schools and businesses.

"With life threatening cold temperatures expected once again, it is important for Alabamians to have the necessary heating resources available for survival," Bentley said, according to a news release. "This State of Emergency will help Alabamians have an uninterrupted supply of propane gas and other home heating fuels during this period of winter weather."

Staff from the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Alabama Propane Gas Association, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and Alabama Poultry & Egg Association met with Gov. Bentley's staff Wednesday to discuss the propane situation, according to the farmers federation.

Most of Alabama's poultry farmers depend on propane gas to keep flocks warm, and some have reported problems getting tanks filled, according to the federation.

Montgomery County farmer Jeremy Brown who received 172,000 baby chicks this week said keeping the inside temperature at 90 degrees can be a challenge. Brown said the cold weather is costing him about $1,000 a day in propane.

Brown added that the last few mild winters have made this winter seem even worse.

"The Alabama Propane Gas Association is working with us to help farmers whose local supplier may be unable to deliver to their farms," said Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan, according to a news release from the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Farmers concerned about their supply should contact APGA at (334) 358-9590.

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