By Max Fisher, Director of Economics and Government Relations
To help address the high demand and decreased availability of propane, several states and the U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have declared emergencies and granted relief from hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers hauling various fuels.
Wet weather forced farmers to plant and harvest late, so crops now need more time and more liquid propone for drying, leading to a propane shortages across the Midwest.
The following states have granted temporary hours-of-service relief for truck drivers hauling the following fuels:
Iowa: For propane shipments through Nov. 30.
Minnesota: For propane, diesel fuel, gasoline, or fuel oil shipments through Nov. 28.
North Dakota: For propane, diesel fuel and other petroleum product shipments through Dec. 1.
South Dakota: For propane shipments through Nov. 30.
Wisconsin: For propane shipments through Nov. 28.
In addition to the emergency declarations by the previously cited states, the FMCSA has issued a regional emergency declaration through Nov. 30 for the transportation of heating fuel, including propane, natural gas and heating oil. States included in this declaration are: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.