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State Agencies To Assist Propane Users

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(WLNS) - Homeowners hit hard by the recently sky-rocketing prices of propane could be getting some assistance from various state agencies.

Governor Rick Snyder today directed various agencies to help with heating assistance, help them address pricing concerns and complaints and educate users on "alternative heating source safety"

The Department of Human Services which oversees the Michigan Energy Assistance program encourages people to call 2-1-1 for information on direct bill assistance for those who qualify.

Prices have risen from around $2 to over $4.

"A lot of mid-west farmers used up a lot of propane drying crops to store them, crops have to dried to be stored, number two, a number of pipelines are being shut down for maintenance," said Joe Ross, with the Michigan Propane Gas Association.

For pricing complaints questions and concerns, contact the Attorney General's office at 1-877-765-8388.

The Governor also says Michigan, which is one of 30 states under a propane energy emergency, will issue another order Friday to ease propane transportation regulations in order to try to get more supply to consumers. Some trucks have already had to make trips to Texas to bring back propane.

6 News will have more on the continuing shortage and price concerns tonight at 5.

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