Cold Weather Causes Peak in Propane Gas Demand

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Because of the recent cool weather propane gas is peaking at a high demand. This has become an issue for local farmers due to the shortage of distribution from companies.

Over the next few weeks propane distribution is expected to be low and that affects poultry farmers who need the gas to raise their chickens.

"There is not a shortage of propane, and it's not going to affect the homeowners or the folks that don't use major amounts of propane. The ones that it is majorly going to affect the farmers," said David Garrett, Coffee County Coordinator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Each chicken house has the capability to hold thousands of chickens. Each house needs a set temperature of 90 degrees.

"This is a problem primarily it's affecting our farmers and of course we are concerned about that but our general residential customers should be getting deliveries and they should be still getting plenty of propane out there," said James Brown, the Deputy Director of the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency.

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