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Gov. Bentley declares state of emergency due to propane gas shortage

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Gov. Bentley declares a state of emergency in Alabama due to the low supply of propane gas. Source: Gov. Bentley's office Gov. Bentley declares a state of emergency in Alabama due to the low supply of propane gas. Source: Gov. Bentley's office
MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) -

Governor Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency due to possible propane gas shortage across Alabama. The extreme winter weather has caused propane gas to be in short supply.

The Governor's office released the following statement on Thursday just before 6 p.m.:

"With life threatening cold temperatures expected once again, it is important for Alabamians to have the necessary heating resources available for survival," Governor Robert Bentley said. "This State of Emergency will help Alabamians have an uninterrupted supply of propane gas and other home heating fuels during this period of winter weather."

The emergency declaration enables the Governor to invoke various emergency preparedness measures, including Alabama's price gouging law. It will also suspend the rules and regulations regarding the purchase and sale of propane gas directed by the propane gas industry, and allow propane tank owners to purchase propane from any company that sells it. To help with the supply and demand of propane gas, the State of Emergency will lift the federal transportation motor carrier laws and allow greater flexibility in the delivery to homes, schools and businesses.

The propane shortage is affecting communities across the state as well as industries including Alabama's poultry industry.

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