Those who use propane for heating and for agriculture needs in Nebraska are feeling the pinch of the shortage that continues to impact the entire Midwest.
The shortage has driven propane prices to record levels.
Lynne Schuler, the Executive Director of the Nebraska Propane Gas Association, says this crisis actually started in the fall. Schuler says first the pipeline that supplies propane to Nebraska was shut down for repairs and then a lot of the gas was used after harvest to dry grain. Both of those things could be taken into consideration regarding supplies but Schuler says then the extreme cold weather hit north of Nebraska and supplies went north.
Schuler says there is good news.
We are starting to see some stabilization and wholesale prices dropped a dollar a gallon yesterday. She says individuals who are having problems either with availability or affordability right now should contact their state senator. Schuler says she has worked with several individuals through that process and those situations were taken care of.