The cold winter weather is back with a vengeance, and it appears as though it’s going to stick around for at least a few more weeks.
On Sunday, in response to the unusually cold temperatures, the Governor issued a “propane emergency” for all of Ohio’s 88 counties.
The governor’s 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.
Under normal conditions, commercial drivers are limited to 10 hours per day, but that time is not limited to actual driving time. For instance, if a drive sits in line at a refinery for six hours, then they could only drive for four hours that day.
While the shortage affects propane users, consumers with LP or “city” gas are not affected by it.
The Williams-Defiance County Chapter of the American Red Cross is handling the cold by making preparations to set up warming shelters. The Red Cross has agreements with the YMCA, schools, and churches to use them as warming shelters.