Gov. Mark Dayton has extended an executive order that lifts some restrictions on drivers carrying propane. The state is seeing a substantial shortage of propane, which many Minnesotans rely on for heating and agriculture.
Dayton's order said the state's main source of propane has reduced capacity. The Cochin pipeline, owned by Kinder Morgan, is shut down until Dec. 17 for repairs. The company is in the process of completely switching the pipeline from propane to light condensates used in shale oil production.
In the executive order released Monday, Dayton said Minnesotans in some areas are "experiencing long lines and waits of up to six or more hours for propane."
The executive order lifts some restrictions on hours that propane could be transported. Drivers are still required to meet any driver qualifications and to have the appropriate licenses.
Monday's order extends the state of emergency that Dayton initially issued in October for another 30 days or until the shortage is resolved.