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Holcomb suspends limits for drivers hauling propane gas, cites low supply

Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks Nov. 9, 2021, at the annual meeting of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce in Dubois County. (Photo Provided/Gov. Eric Holcomb via Twitter)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday suspended limits for commercial drivers hauling propane gas.

The drivers in Indiana are limited by federal and state law in the number of hours they can operate in a single day, and the governor issued an emergency order to suspend those rules.

Holcomb says in the order that the state “has experienced a significant increase in demand for propane gas in recent weeks, while the winter inventories thereof are at their lowest level in more than a decade.”

Essentially, the demand for propane gas is exceeding the supply available.

The order says about 500,000 of the state’s 6.7 million residents depend on propane gas to heat their homes, businesses, schools and public buildings. Propane gas also is used for the drying of harvested agricultural crops, and for public transportation.