TOPEKA, Kan. -- Governor Sam Brownback said Wednesday he wants to help minimize the effects of a Midwest propane shortage on Kansas residents.
Brownback said he has directed the Department of Children and Families to provide priority status to Low Income Energy Assistance Program applications from clients who use propane as their primary heating source. The governor also wants DCF to make sure clients who use propane are aware of the LIEAP program.
Rules for truckers are temporarily relaxed under two executive orders Brownback has issued. Brownback said the executive orders, in effect until Feb. 14, are necessary to ensure continued delivery of propane across the state.
Propane prices have skyrocketed to record levels amid a shortage blamed on extreme cold across much of the country, combined with an increased demand in the fall for propane to dry harvested grain crops to prevent them from spoiling.