Propane gas and heating oil supplies in the state of Ohio are tight after last week's blast of arctic air.
Ohio Governor John Kasich issued a statewide Energy Emergency Declaration today to expedite shipments of the commonly used home-heating fuels. In addition, Kasich is asking the federal government to take steps to speed up the shipments of propane and heating oil coming into Ohio from out of state.
Read the official document: Proclamation: State of Energy Emergency
The Governor is also asking Ohio counties to keep an eye out for residents whose supplies may be getting low.
"I urge folks to look out for one another right now. Check in on your neighbors, especially seniors or families with young kids, and call your local Red Cross or EMA if there's anyone who needs help. We'll get through this as we always do, by working together," said Kasich.
The declaration allows shippers, with valid commercial driver licenses who are transporting propane or heating oil, to drive more hours and more consecutive days than they normally would as long as they can still do so safely.
Propane gas and home heating oil prices have been on the rise, according to the US Energy Information Administration. In Ohio, the price of residential propane gas is an average $2.950 per gallon. Residential home heating oil is an average of $3.602 per gallon. Tax adds additional cost.