North Carolina is the second largest consumer of propane in
the country. A national shortage is catching up with the state despite its
large and cheap supply.
Donald Ferguson and his wife plan to stay inside near their
electric heater as the latest round of winter weather passes over their Wake
The Ferguson's use their electric heater to avoid using
propane to heat their home.
"It's pretty costly," Donald Ferguson said.
The shortage can be blamed in part to a wet season in the
Midwest. Farmers used more propane than usual to dry crops.
And more is being used in the North during the extreme
Local dealers go to the Dixie Pipeline in Apex to get propane.
The shortage has caused dealers from the Northeast and Midwest to come to Apex
to tap into the supply.
Outside dealers were cut off Sunday to let the supply build
Propane users are asked to check their supply and contact a
supplier when their tank reaches 30 percent and try to conserve.
Experts believe the price of propane will drop as fast as it
Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina. More>>