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Shuster Legislation Offers Emergency Relief to Propane Shortage Crisis

Washington, DC, Feb 25 | Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Washington, DC - Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today introduced legislation to help provide emergency relief to the ongoing propane and home heating fuels shortage in the United States.  

Shuster introduced H.R. 4076, the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014, to address transportation and distribution issues that have contributed to the shortage.

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Letters of Support:

National Propane Gas Association
New England Fuel Institute

Washington, DC - Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today introduced legislation to help provide emergency relief to the ongoing propane and home heating fuels shortage in the United States.  

Shuster introduced H.R. 4076, the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014, to address transportation and distribution issues that have contributed to the shortage.

An exceptionally cold winter has increased demand for propane, which is used for heating in more than 12 million U.S. households, and for other home heating fuels. Supplies are expected to remain tight through the end of winter because the infrastructure to deliver propane to high-demand areas is insufficient.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has issued temporary emergency declarations to allow tank truck operators delivering propane and other home heating fuels to drive for longer hours to speed up deliveries to the affected states. However, these declarations can only last 30 days at a time, creating uncertainty and limited relief.  The HHEATT Act provides a guaranteed extension of USDOT short-term emergency declarations until May 31, 2014.

“This extremely cold winter is expected to continue, possibly threatening the lives and livelihoods of those with homes, farms, and businesses that depend on heat from propane and other home heating fuels. This bill will provide the certainty needed to give much needed relief to those who have been impacted by this shortage,” Shuster said.  “The HHEATT Act will help provide relief from transportation issues that have slowed desperately needed fuel from reaching those who need it during this emergency.”

Under the HHEATT Act, should the propane and home heating fuels crisis subside prior to May 31, 2014, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation may determine that the extension of the emergency declarations is no longer needed.  The Secretary will make such a determination on a state-by-state basis and in consultation with the governors of affected states.

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