AUSTIN (KXAN) – As a result of the harsh winter conditions, most states have declared a LP gas emergency – as the leading producer of LP gas in the nation, Texas will assist in relieving the shortages.
LP gases, like propane and butane, are used to heat many homes – they power various things like furnaces, hot-water tanks and even some refrigerators. In a statement released by Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s office on Thursday, he said Texas is joining other states in declaring a LP gas state of emergency to help people in other state’s keep warm.
Dewhurst, in coordination with Gov. Rick Perry’s office, is temporarily waiving Texas licensing, permitting, and certification requirements regarding LP gas trucks and operators. This means affected states can send trucks into Texas that may not have been previously licensed to buy LP gas in the state.
Texas has large storage facilities and ample supplies of propane. The temporary waiver will remain in effect for 14 days.