Propane Customers Advised To Conserve In Wake Of Shortage

Rob Poindexter

Updated 10 months ago

Bad news for people using propane to stay warm this winter. According to the Governor’s Energy Office, Maine’s propane supply is down 25%.

Some folks have told us they’ve been hit with skyrocketing prices when they buy propane and others say their dealers are only filling their tanks halfway due to the shortage.

Most of Maine’s propane is now coming in by rail and that line was slowed after the derailment and explosion the Canadian town of Lac Megantic last year. Lisa Smith, a Senior Planner with the Governor’s Energy Office is advising folks to conserve their propane use.

“Try to conserve. Don’t let your tank run low to where you’re almost out because if the dealer that you currently get your propane from happens to be short that day or the next day or they’re delayed in getting a shipment then you could be in trouble. Either check your tank frequently and make sure that it doesn’t go real low. Try to conserve as best you can,” Smith said.

Updates on the propane situation will be posted on the Governor’s Energy Office website maine.gov/energy

Governor LePage has signed a second emergency proclamation, waiving federal restrictions and extending the hours of service for heating fuel transport and delivery trucks in Maine for another two weeks.

“The recent ice and snow storms have hampered efforts for oil delivery trucks to deliver fuel, which is one reason this declaration is being extended,” Governor LePage said. “The declaration allows heating fuel to be delivered to Maine families when they need it most. Keeping homes warm is critical to protect the public health and safety of Mainers.”


  • John E Cunningham

    They can ship it by the boat load overseas, but can’t figure how to supply Maine !!!!!!!!!!!!!! “OH” shortage gouge the price, That’s a start, Get the price high enough and there’s then plenty, IE: Coffee, Gas, Milk…. Watch as soon as they OPEN the 4 – 6 export terminals the whole USA. will have shortages and our 100 year bridge fuels will gone in 20 to 25 years, but in the meantime we’ll be on the World Market Pricing System…… How High Can We PRICE It $ystem. THANX jc.

    • nuwriter

      Yes, rising prices lead to bigger supplies. That’s how economics works. The “world market pricing system” means you can have coffee, gas, and milk at real prices that are a fraction of what your parents would have paid. I hate to break it to you, but there’s no such thing as price “gouging”.
      Prices go up – thus giving consumers incentive to use less, and producers an incentive to provide more. For the record, we’re not running out of oil, or natural gas, or propane, for just that reason.
      Of course, you seem to be pushing for price controls – and that’s where you really do get shortages.

      • John E Cunningham

        “I’M NOT” pushing for price controls, Don’t put words out that I did not SAY !!!!!! And If you don’t think Price Gougers don’t exist just wait until all the fresh water is contaminated and they charge ridiculous prices for bottled water. What are you from Colorado and been up smoking all night……… THANX jc.

        • nuwriter

          John, I’ve answered your illiteracy about “price gouging”.

          When shortages occur – prices rise. These are market signals to move more of the affected good to the area. Eventually, as the supply normalizes, the price will go down.

          As for your heavily propagandized nonsense about “all the fresh water being contaminated” – yeah, we’ll wait together. Don’t worry – it’ll be a long while.

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