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The following news release was issued January 31, 2013, by Gov. Mary Fallin.  In it, Gov. Fallin announces that she has extended the emergency declaration waiving federal hours of service restrictions on propane transport and delivery drivers until March 2, 2014.  She also announces that she has ordered the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to give priority status to requests for assistance from families who use propane and that she has asked the Attorney General to continue investigating reports of price gouging and adherence to the state’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act. 

The Executive Order can be read in its entirety by clicking in the area marked in the first sentence of the second paragraph.   If you have questions, feel free to give us a call.

Sincerely,

Richard Hess
Executive Director

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31, 2014

 

Governor Mary Fallin Orders Priority Status for Low-Income Propane Users, Extends Emergency

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today ordered the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) to give priority status to requests for assistance from families who use propane as their primary or only source of heat.

Fallin issued an executive order (click here to read the order) instructing DHS to expedite applications for both the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Energy Crisis Assistance Program. The federal assistance programs help low-income families with heating costs in the winter, cooling costs in the summer and home insulation.

“I want to make sure we are making assistance available to Oklahomans who are struggling to keep warm because of the high propane prices,” Fallin said. “Many Oklahoma residents depend on the use of propane for survival during the winter months and the effects of the shortage are being felt throughout the state.”

DHS, in cooperation with the federal government, provides seasonal assistance to low-income households to assist with winter heating bills and to provide help for some families who have received utility cut-off notices. In order to qualify, persons must be Oklahoma residents and must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

Fallin also ordered DHS Director Ed Lake to open the Energy Crisis Assistance application period immediately for qualifying individuals and families who depend on propane for heat. The Energy Crisis Assistance application period was not scheduled to open until March.

Fallin’s order also asks the attorney general to continue investigating reports of price gouging, as defined by the Oklahoma Emergency Price Stabilization Act. Her order requests the attorney general “to take and any all steps necessary to ensure that no one doing business in this State is violating the Act and that those who choose to violate the Act are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Propane is commonly used for heating homes in rural areas not served by natural gas. There are approximately 400,000 propane consumers in Oklahoma.

 

What can Oklahomans can do to cope with high propane costs and frigid temperatures?

Apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP offers assistance to low-income families with heating costs. Governor Fallin has ordered DHS to give priority status to LIHEAP applicants who use propane as their primary or only source of heating. To apply, call (405) 521-3444; Monday - Friday. 

Dial 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is a non-emergency service that can provide assistance or referrals to individuals who need help. For more information click here: http://www.211oklahoma.org/about-2-1-1/

 

Seek shelter at faith-based centers. Governor Fallin has asked the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and other faith-based facilities to help provide shelter to those in need.

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Executive Order Declaring a Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergency Issued by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

 January 7, 2014

The attached Executive Order was issued today by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.  It is in response to requests from the L P Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission, the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association and the Oklahoma L P Gas Administration. 

This Executive Order states that a Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergency exists in Oklahoma due to the unusually cold winter and the depletion of propane supplies.  It says that in order to expedite the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas into and throughout Oklahoma and to provide assistance to the citizens of Oklahoma in this extraordinary situation, the following applies to vehicles used in support efforts.

·        Exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; and

·        Trucks and operators carrying liquefied petroleum gas and meeting all certification, permit, and licensing requirements of the federal government and their home state shall be permitted to transport liquefied petroleum gas in and through Oklahoma without obtaining any license, permit, or certification required by this state.

This order is effective for 30 days (through February 5, 2014).  We want to express our sincere appreciation to the Oklahoma Department of Energy, the Office of Emergency Management and of course, to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. 

Carriers who operate under these provisions must read and understand this Order.  They should also carry a copy of this Order in their vehicle(s) while providing relief efforts. 

We encourage propane carriers and retailers to remain committed to safe practices, and we further encourage them to monitor the health and fatigue of their drivers. 

Click here to read the Executive Order declaring a Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergency.

 

 

 

 

     
     
Oklahoma Propane Gas Association, 4200 N Lindsay, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 / 405.424.1775 opga@rhess.com