Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin relaxes propane transport rules amid shortage

A prolonged cold snap and regional propane refinery shutdowns led Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to issue an executive order relaxing the licensing requirements for out-of-state propane truckers.
by Paul Monies Modified: January 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm •  Published: January 8, 2014

Oklahoma joined 15 other states in relaxing licensing requirements for propane truckers, responding to a shortage of the fuel in the region due to refinery shutdowns and higher demand amid cold weather.

Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order allows eligible, out-of-state propane truckers to transport the fuel into the state without first getting a license. It also temporarily waives rules that limit the number of hours propane truck drivers can be on the road in a shift. The order expires Feb. 4.

“This executive order will help make sure that there is enough of a propane supply in the days and weeks ahead until problems are resolved,” Fallin said in a statement.

More than 400,000 Oklahoma customers depend on propane in rural areas not served by natural gas lines. Along with the colder weather, propane refineries in Kansas and Missouri had shutdowns this week that contributed to the tight supplies, said Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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