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Propane prices on the rise
SOUTHEAST TEXAS - by Leslie Rangel
The cold spells in the North have caused emergency propane shortages and just this week, Governor Rick Perry is allowing other states to tap into the propane reserve here in Texas.
Local propane suppliers say the higher demand in the North, is causing higher prices here in the South.
The cold weather has not given us a break here in Southeast Texas, and with the next front coming in this week, some are worried the increase in propane prices could mean some are left in the cold.
Shelly Alcorn is pulling out blankets, getting ready for colder temperatures
"We knew this winter was going to be bad, we just didn't expect this bad," Alcorn says.
And the effects from winter in the North, are hitting closer to home than most may realize.
"I know that the price of propane is going up significantly mainly because there is a shortage in the North," Rachel Diaz, general manager with M&D Supply says.
"People up north are buying their propane now from Texas and thus it's making our prices go up," Diaz said.
Consequences felt for those who count on propane to stay warm.
"The little tank is was costing me $14.50 and now it's $16.50 and they're talking about having to go up on their prices," Alcorn said.
And there's no break in sight.
"Our supplier called us and talked to us a little bit about the pricing going up significantly, it's probably just more of that to come," Diaz says.
Tough times for those who need it the most.
"If you're on disability, even just a couple of dollars is a lot," Alcorn says.
A few bucks that for some makes a world of difference.
"Sometimes it comes down to a tank of propane or extra food in the house," Alcorn said.
The state will leave it's reserve open to other states to buy from it for the next fourteen days.