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Cold Weather Affecting Propane Delivery To Farmers

"Have you heard anything from those gas people."

That's the burning question for most chicken farmers in Alabama.

"Our former propane supplier has discontinued service."

And that is a big concern for Frank Talbot and his wife Nedetria.

The Pike County Farmers need propane gas to keep their chicken houses warm during freezing temperatures.

It takes two month's to raise chickens.

"The Talbot family currently has enough propane gas to last them until the end of next week. After that, they are unsure of how they will keep their chicks warm."

"You know we don't have much choice, we got to keep these bitties warm or we either pick them up dead and that's no fun."

The Talbots hope that they won't have to go through that process.

They've reached out to other distributors over the past few days but no one is promising a delivery.

The demand is very high but delivery is being delayed, however, gas companies want the public to know that they are doing their best to get propane out as soon as possible.

And, to help in that effort, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is lifting federal motor carrier regulations.

"I don't know about on time, we've had a lot of calls, it's taking us a little longer to get out and deliver the gas because of the fact that every customer we have and other people's customer's have been calling us as well, but we are doing our best to get to everybody to make sure that everyone has gas."

Giving farmers a little hope even though the propane crunch is giving them more than 1 thousand reasons to worry.


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