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Gov. Walker issues another propane emergency declaration

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker has declared yet another emergency in response to the ongoing demand for propane.

The governor's office released a statement Thursday declaring a ten-day energy emergency because of continuing cold temperatures. The declaration allows propane delivery vehicles to exceed special weight limits in Wisconsin regards to propane transportation.

“The health and safety of our citizens is our number one priority, and this step allows the efficient transportation of fuel to the areas most in need,” Governor Walker said in the statement.  “Since last fall, we have been working to help lessen the burden of the propane shortage on Wisconsin.  We know the burden isn’t over for our friends and loved ones who rely on propane to heat their homes and businesses during this long heating season.”

The governor's office says some propane tanks are at very low levels and the demand for delivery remains high. Weight limit restrictions on some roads prevent propane delivery vehicles from accessing residences, so the emergency declaration would lift some of those restrictions.

250,000 Wisconsin residents are believed to use propane to heat their homes or businesses. This declaration is one of many executive orders Gov. Walker has issued in response to the propane crisis.

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