Utah governor declares freezing-weather propane emergency, blaming federal regulations

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Utah Republican Gov. Spencer Cox has signed an emergency order to suspend certain federal regulations that are preventing residents in the state from receiving propane gas amid harsh, freezing temperatures.

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox speaks during a briefing at the Utah State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News, via AP, Pool, File)

The order, signed Tuesday evening, will suspend federal regulations that limit the number of hours drivers can work to deliver liquid petroleum gas as the state faces a shortage of propane as frigid winter temperatures hit the state.

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"We can't afford the kinds of delivery delays we're seeing, and we need to allow private sector solutions to occur," Cox said in a statement. "This limited emergency declaration will help us get through this crisis."

A Freeway Propane facility in Springville, Utah, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

In addition to the cold temperature, the governor's office noted that the shortage of propane also stems from road closures. 

Leaders from several states across the country found themselves in certain predicaments this week as frigid temperatures and snow swept across the northern portion of the United States.

A worker fills a propane deliver truck at a Freeway Propane facility in Springville, Utah, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

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In Virginia, drivers sat in their cars on I-95 for hours on end after a snowstorm hit the state on Monday.

Cox's order will remain in effect for the next 30 days.

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