The Ohio Attorney General says his office is monitoring complaints about propane prices and shortages and will work with other states to look for possible anti-competitive actions related to propane sales.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio consumers have been told that propane availability is limited and that increased demand and depleted inventories have led to price increases.
He says his office will monitor reports of potential price gouging or other unfair business practices related to the cold.
On Monday, Governor John Kasich issued a ‘statewide energy emergency’ to deal with slowdowns in propane deliveries. Weather conditions and other factors are causing problems for fuel suppliers and their customers, and the governor’s declaration will allow propane and heating oil transporters to drive for more hours and more consecutive days than current regulations permit.
Propane production is actually up in the U.S. over the last five years, so the problem isn’t a shortage, it’s getting the gas to where it’s needed.