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Governor Fights Rising Propane Prices

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Today out of the Capitol Governor Steve Bullock is taking the needed steps to help combat the shortage of propane so the effects do not hurt Montanans as it has around the country, ABC Montana's Joe Moeller brings us more on what the governor is doing from Helena.

Much of the North and all of Montana is facing frigid temperatures this week, and everyone is needing to stay warm and inside to survive these abnormally below temperatures. In North Dakota authorities are investigating an incident where a women was found dead in her home, that had an empty propane tank, assuming she died from the cold.

Across Montana temperatures are dipping well blow zero some even breaking records, it was minus 44 in West Yellowstone, minus 56 with wind chill in Livingston, and here in Helena we woke up to minus 26. While these temperatures went down, the prices for propane went up.

"Now we are having that cold weather lets address the problem in Montana, both by trying to help out where we can with some of our moderate and low-income families working families." said Bullock.

Around the state prices for a gallon of propane are currently sitting at $2.80 in Scobey, $3 in Havre, $3.99 in Great Falls, and $3.09 here in Helena.

"For a while we figured we had dodged a bullet it didn't go up very much, but then eventually it caught up to us here in Montana as well." said Steve Chesley from Montana Propane, Inc.

Governor Bullock has authorized a one-time only 25% increase in benefits to low-income energy assistance programs, which will result on average additional benefit of $221 for Montana households.

Governor Bullock has also ordered the creation of energy monitoring plan by the Department of Environmental Quality energy assurance team which will monitor the price and supply of propane in Montana.

"Reaching out to our federal partners to say lets actually address some of the issues around supply making sure that people are not being taken advantage of and making sure that the rules are easy enough so we can get propane in and out of Montana." concluded Bullock.

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