Illinois’ propane community is hailing the governorâ€™s declaration of an energy emergency.
This comes as a triple-barreled demand â€“ pipeline problems, grain-drying from a wet harvest, and the current cold snap â€“ overwhelms supply.
â€śWe put anywhere between a 30 and a 70 percent increase on our infrastructure,â€ť says John Tibbs, director of education and safety for the Illinois Propane Gas Association. â€śThere’s no way you can plan for that.â€ť
The regulations suspended during the emergency have to do with the number of hours a driver can be on the road and the sort of license a driver needs to transport propane between states, all in the service of bringing more LP gas into Illinois.