Illinois declares emergency over propane shortage

Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 12:22 PM CST
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Illinois is one of seven states now under an emergency declaration over a propane shortage.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a disaster declaration Thursday at the request of Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says demand is high and supplies are low due to delivery issues caused by early winter weather conditions and high moisture grain.

“Farmers are struggling to dry high moisture grain caused by wet weather and delayed harvest,” saysJohn Sullivan, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “Propane is an essential fuel for corn dryers in Illinois and across the Midwest. 2019 has already been a stressful growing and harvest season for farmers."

IDOA says those who use propane and fuel oil to heat their homes are most at risk amid the shortage.

"Being unprepared for winter weather is not just inconvenient, it can be dangerous,” says Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Acting Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. " We encourage everyone to prepare for winter today by adding a winter survival kit to your car, changing your furnace filter at home and stocking your family’s emergency supply kit.”

Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin are also affected by a propane shortage.