"Propane Shortage: Winter Storm Prompts Energy Emergency in Midwest"

"A propane shortage in the Midwest is raising concerns about residents who rely on the fuel for heating. The propane shortage has prompted a state of emergency in Ohio, as bitterly cold weather descends on the Midwest."

"A propane shortage in extreme cold weather Tuesday is raising concerns about rural Midwesterners who rely on the fuel to heat their homes.

Heavy snow is falling in southern Ohio and set to hit northeast Ohio while temperatures statewide are forecast to plunge to around zero overnight. The winter storm is set to raise demand for propane and heating oil, while making it difficult for truck drivers to deliver the fuel to an areas already suffering through a propane shortage.

Meanwhile, in the Northeast, utilities and grid operators are bracing for rising natural gas demand as temperatures plunge and heavy snowfall is in the forecast."

David J. Unger reports for the Christian Science Monitor January 21, 2014.

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 01/22/2014