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Gov. Dayton and other Midwest governors ask Obama for propane help

With a propane shortage plaguing the Midwest, seven governors, including Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, have written to President Obama asking for help.

The letter (PDF) asks the president’s help in spurring federal agencies to “… take every possible action to help increase propane supplies through every means of transport. We encourage you to explore regulatory waivers aimed at increasing the supply of propane in our states, including an extension of the hours of service waiver and temporarily waiving weight limits on the interstate highway system.”

A pipeline carrying propane from Canada to the Midwest was shut down for a while at the end of last year, leading to shortages and much higher prices.

The governors also say they want to work with federal officials to “explore mid-term and long-term actions that can help improve propane supply stability in future years.”

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