Local Propane Dealer Concerned About Shortage

Posted at: 01/18/2014 11:00 PM
Updated at: 01/20/2014 8:49 PM
By: Katie Eldred

Local dealer is concerned about propane shortage.
Local dealer is concerned about propane shortage.
Photo: MGN

(ABC 6 News) – The extremely cold weather over the past couple of weeks has many people’s heating bills sky high especially those that use propane.

One propane dealer told us the prices have gone up by more than fifty cents in just a week.

In Dexter, Minnesota, most people rely on propane to heat their homes. Randy Stephenson with Dexter Liquid Propane says with this year’s extreme cold, customers are running through their tanks much faster. He also says that it’s not just the town of Dexter that’s feeling the effects.

Stephenson adds, “There’s 22 states right now that are having LP problems. That’s just about half the country is having problems getting LP.”

The nationwide shortage has forced Randy to give some warning to his customers. In just the past four days, the price has gone up by more than fifty cents.  Stephenson says that two weeks ago you could fill up a propane tank for $644.00 and today it will cost you $976.00.

While Randy understands the shortage, he’s frustrated that’s nothing is being done to help. He’s reached out to area lawmakers to urge them to do something about the extreme prices.

Right now, he’s urging his customers to avoid filling up all the way with the hopes that prices will come down. With more cold temperature on the way, he is not sure how long communities like Dexter can take this.