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Texas, FERC Aim To Relieve Propane Shortages Afflicting 17 States

The East Coast is bracing for yet another winter storm. A month of brutal cold has led to widespread propane shortages. Texas and the federal government are stepping in to move propane more quickly to the worst hit regions.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, has ordered Houston-based Enterprise Products to expedite shipments of propane via its pipeline from Mont Belvieu, Texas. Peter Fasullo is with Houston oil and gas consulting firm En*Vantage.

“The products that they batch [through their pipeline] are like gasoline, diesel, propane, and so forth, and what the FERC has ordered them to do is give more priority to the shipment of propane to the deference of the other products.”

Governor Rick Perry has temporarily waived regulations affecting propane trucks.

“It’ll allow, in some cases, the truck drivers to drive longer hours to be able to deliver that propane to customers that are in most need in the Midwest and the Northeast.”

A third of the states in the country have declared states of emergency tied to propane shortages. Extreme cold is driving up demand, while ice and snow on roads are interrupting delivery of new supplies. 

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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