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Gov. Walker asks President Obama for propane contingency plan


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is asking the president to help coordinate movement of propane to areas with low access.

In a statement from the governor's office, Gov. Walker says he's looking for additional help from the federal government to combat the shortage, caused by unusually cold weather and a major pipeline closure.

"We have received great cooperation and assistance from the federal government on the propane shortage here in Wisconsin so far," said Governor Scott Walker.  "As a follow-up to the steps we've already taken, I'm requesting a propane supply chain working group between the federal government, states, and the propane industry so we can work together on developing both short- and long-term strategies and the logistics of moving the propane supply through our states.  Wisconsin stands ready to partner in this effort."

The governor is asking President Obama to establish the working group to coordinate the movement of propane. Gov. Walker suggests the group could include federal officials, leaders from impacted states like Wisconsin, and those working in the propane industry.

The governor has issued several executive orders since October to help alleviate the effects of a shortage, including allowing propane drivers to work longer hours and haul more product.

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