House Members Call for Action on Propane Shortages

Feb 12, 2014

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) sent a letter to President Obama asking for immediate action to address the national propane shortage.  More than 70 Members of Congress joined the Smith-Peterson effort by cosigning the bipartisan letter.

“Any further reduction in supply threatens to leave many Americans without the fuel necessary to heat homes, businesses, and livestock and poultry operations,” Smith and Peterson wrote.  “We ask that you take immediate action to help improve this dire situation and are prepared to help find responsible solutions.”

“We commend Congressmen Peterson and Smith for leading this crucial effort.  It is clear the quick action of our representatives played a key role in emergency federal orders for priority propane shipments.  Pipeline regulators signaled their response to significant concerns from House and Senate pressure.  Congress stepped up and extended a lifeline of support to secure propane for barns to keep animals warm and family homes safe in isolated farmland areas – for that we are grateful,” said National Turkey Federation president Joel Brandenberger. 

The shortage of propane has resulted in price spikes across the country including Nebraska.  Click here to view a PDF copy of the letter.