Governor Declares Emergency Due To Propane Shortage

Jan 18, 2013

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 High demand for propane across much of the West has prompted New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to declare an emergency.

Governors in Nevada and Arizona did the same Tuesday in an effort to speed up deliveries of liquefied petroleum by lifting some regulations.

Martinez says her order will also allow suppliers to move propane through the state faster as New Mexico deals with frigid temperatures. Specifically, the executive order suspends regulations on the number of hours that suppliers may drive.

Martinez's order will be in effect for the next 14 days.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say temperatures will rise above normal this weekend and then dip down again as a cold front moves.