MOUNT VERNON — A propane gas shortage is causing sleepless nights for both customers and suppliers.
It even caused Gov. John Kasich to issue an emergency declaration to speed up shipments.
“We’re going crazy having trouble getting enough gas so that we can keep everyone going,” said Bob Wise, owner of Wise Choice Propane in Mount Vernon.
The bitter cold that’s hit Ohio this winter, along with a couple of refineries being shut down for repair, have kept propane suppliers struggling to keep up with the higher demand.
Kasich’s declaration allows propane suppliers to work longer hours, including weekends, to make the shipments. Wise said those extended hours allow drivers to go to Indiana and/or Michigan to pick up propane.
Wise said that in his last seven loads, only two have come from Ohio refineries. One even came from North Carolina. A typical load brings in 10,000 gallons of propane.
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