Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it would initiate an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process to alleviate propane shortages in the Midwest. Further, the agency has accepted a proposal to allow the emergency transportation of propane to the region over a 30-day period. Hoeven pressed FERC on this issue yesterday, urging the agency to utilize its authority to increase supplies and minimize regional disruptions.
“We appreciate FERC for responding to our call to action and for beginning this process with pipeline companies and propane shippers,” said Hoeven. “While the increased temperatures have helped reduce demand for propane, our agriculture producers still need access to reliable and affordable propane supplies to dry their grain and recover from wet harvest conditions. We will continue working with the agency to ensure this process is effective in preventing regional shortages of this much-needed resource.”