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February 7, 2014

Propane price continues to rise

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Woodward, Okla. — Help Is On The Way

According to Hess, on Dec. 4 Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, already tipped off of the possibility of a propane shortfall at retail outlets, issued an executive order exempting propane transport drivers only from some of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

That allowed more trucks on the road without the requirements of obtaining certifications and licenses that are normally required by the state.

She extended the executive order Jan. 7 and again Jan. 31, as the situation had not resolved yet, Hess said.

That has helped defray some of the cost of transport, but prices really aren't coming down quickly enough to help those whose tanks have registered zero during this cold snap, Hess said.

For all the interesting information about why the price is so high, a reason doesn't really help the people whose tanks are nearing empty.

And many don't have the $400 needed to even get 100 gallons to see them through the coldest part of the winter storm that has settled into the area, said Brenda Wise of the Woodward County Department of Human Services.

According to Wise, DHS has begun early this year, the Emergency Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP), specifically because of the propane crisis.

"This usually happens once a year in March, Wise said. "But we are starting this year ahead of schedule because of this storm and because of the propane problems.

Wise said she already has several applications for assistance with propane and expects many more.

Those whose propane tanks are empty or near empty and who meet the income limits, can get assistance paying to have their tanks filled, she said.

To get the help, you need to make application at your local DHS office.

Wise said you must have your pay stubs available for income verification and meet the income limits which are: Household of one-net income of 1,053 per month; household of two, net income of $1,422, and a household of three-net income of $1,790.

Wise added that this program also helps with electric bills as well as other utility bills.

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