While several Oklahoma towns are dealing with a dwindling supply of propane due to the recent cold weather, Shawnee and surrounding area propane companies are making ends meet.
“We plan and prepare for this type of thing,” said Erica Grimes with Oklahoma Liquefied Gas Co.
Grimes said they do not ration their propane and while they have several locations, they haven’t come up short anywhere.
“Our customers are not having any issues,” she said.
Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order Tuesday declaring a state of emergency to deal with a dwindling supply of propane in Oklahoma. The order waives certain licensing requirements and other restrictions for those transporting propane in the state.
“It’s been tight for a while,” said Steve Robbins of Steve’s Propane.
Robbins said supplies across the state have been running low since the end of November; however, they have been smart with their propane supply.
“Fortunately we’re in good shape,” he said.
Robbins said Steve’s Propane makes sure their contracts are secured in the summer for the whole year. He said some companies wait until they are running low on propane and that’s where a problem occurs.
“We’ve got real good contracts,” he said.
Brian Sherrill with Smith’s Textane LP Gas Inc. said they also have not had a shortage problem.
“We’re in good shape,” he said.
The spike in demand for propane hit due to the cold polar air that moved through earlier this week. Approximately 400,000 Oklahoma residents use propane to heat their homes, especially in rural areas.
“We seem to be alright,” said Eric Tucker with Propane Services, adding their supplies are still normal.
Fallin said the executive order is similar to those in place in 15 other states and will remain in effect until Feb. 4.