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Cold temperatures mean propane shortage

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Many across the Two Virginias depend on propane to heat their homes.  Unfortunately, this has been an unusually cold winter.

In the last few weeks temperatures have dipped to the single digits and in some cases below zero and that has meant a propane shortage.

Michael Gore of Hinton heats his home with propane. With a shortage of the resource, he says his tank is only a quarter full.

"I was shocked because propane readily available and it's abundant, at least I thought.  Everybody is pushing propane, now here's a shortage and it keeps everyone on edge," says Gore.

"We don't necessarily need to keep it quite as warm as we have.  We are  in the house with a t-shirt but with plenty of sweat shirts in the house so we can tone it down a little bit...

Greg Rogers, President of R.T. Rogers Oil Company in Hinton says getting propane these days has been a challenge because it's a difficult time in the industry.

"It's limited in that you can't have all you want right now so there is some limitations involved," says Rogers.

He blames the cold weather for the shortage that has increased both demand and the price. In some cases he says customers are paying nearly $500 more for propane this winter versus last winter, so they are asking customers to buy only what they need for now.

"I would say concern not a worry, but a concern just because you want to be sure we take care of our community and take care of our customers because we have limitations and concerned how to manage those limitations," says Rogers.

Rogers estimates the propane shortage should be over in between two to four weeks.

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