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Youngstown company battles propane-fuel shortage

Published: Wed, January 22, 2014 @ 4:43 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A nationwide shortage of propane gas is sending Ohio suppliers scrambling to secure enough of the home-heating fuel as another brutal freeze bears down over the region.

With frigid conditions expected to continue into next week, Gov. John R. Kasich issued an emergency declaration over the weekend authorizing propane shippers with valid commercial driver’s licenses to drive more hours and more consecutive days than they normally would.

One of those shippers, a driver for Youngstown Propane Inc., drove through the night and reached the Raleigh suburb of Apex, N.C., at 7 a.m. Wednesday. He made the 10-hour trip to secure about 9,000 gallons of the fuel, which is often used to heat rural homes.

But he wasn’t alone. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Bob Jones, owner of Youngstown Propane, still wasn’t clear if his man had secured the load, as drivers from all over the country descended on the North Carolina depot.

“There’s a line like you wouldn’t believe,” Jones said.

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1thirtyninedollars(319 comments)posted 11 months ago

because the suppliers are creating the shortage for profits. Why would any supplier start the season off with limited supplies to get through one week of cold weather? It is winter...

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2rickking123(312 comments)posted 11 months ago

The same reason why refineries mysteriously go down for maintenance at the most opportune time....

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3James_S(268 comments)posted 11 months ago

With all the fracking why not propane from it?......... oh, wait.... they want to export it........ never mind.
Genie Energy

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4UticaShale(854 comments)posted 11 months ago

Hey FrackPots! not fun freezing your as#@s off without FRACKED propane?

One of the most expensive minerals harvested from the Utica shale underneath us in eastern Ohio is propane from wet gas. The fracktivist, are pretty quiet today denouncing the harvest thereof.

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