Governor and President Speak about Propane Shortage - WBAY

Governor and President Speak about Propane Shortage

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Fond du Lac -

The state's propane shortage continues to grab the attention of the White House after Governor Walker spoke with President Obama about the issue in the Milwaukee area Thursday.

Just hours later the governor went to Fond du Lac where he provided details about the conversation to members of the county's Economic Development Corporation.

It was during a function in which he was the key note speaker.

"The federal government is going to help is with rail service with some other federal restrictions to try and make it easier, but it's not going to happen overnight, and it's why we're watching very closely some key counties across the state particular where we think we are right at the tipping point of a crisis. We want to avoid that," said Walker. 

In a conference call this afternoon between Midwestern governors and governors of propane producing states the governor says pledges were made to ease additional weight restrictions allowing propane to be brought to Wisconsin faster.

Walker said,"Although in the end my number one objective is just getting it. I don't care what we have to pay I need to get it into people's tanks to keep people's homes open."

About 250 thousand people in Wisconsin rely on propane for heating.

Some approached the governor about the issue right after his speech.

"I had a woman tonight who told me they got down to eight percent capacity. You get anywhere below 30 percent you run the risk of freezing out your tank. That is dangerously low. We want to make sure particularly for elderly residents across the state that doesn't happen," said Walker. 

The governor says he's hopeful the price will dip based on market projections next week although that depends heavily on upping the supply.

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