House members express concern over propane supply problem

A bipartisan group of House members, led by ag committee chair Collin Peterson, is making sure federal energy regulators are aware of the propane supply problem in the Midwest.

The lawmakers sent a letter to Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, describing the challenges being faced by farmers and grain elevators. They warn of a potentially “disastrous situation” if another round of cold temperatures hits, causing residential demand to spike and leaving little propane for livestock operations or corn drying.

Chatterjee responded on Twitter, saying the commission is monitoring the situation closely. 

Politico notes that, if the situation worsens, the commission could order pipelines in the region to prioritize shipments of propane, as it did in 2014 to help address propane supply issues.

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