“You are always going to have exports,” said Tibbs. “One thing I have seen that has been put out there is the fact that when we look at the situation, there is no strategic stockpile of propane like we do with crude oil. We need to ask ourselves ‘How do we replenish in a shortage?’”
Tibbs suggests propane customers take advantage of incentives offered by propane distributors through the warm months to fill their tanks before winter. For now, he is unsure when the shortage will end.
“I’d like to think not,” said Tibbs of the possibility of running out of propane. “Truthfully, I can’t answer that question.”
According to the Associated Press and Energy Department, 5.5 million households, mostly in the Midwest and the South, heat with propane.
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“This is history as far as the length of time for propane shortage.”
Illinois Propane Association Spokesperson John Tibbs