Valley propane users face rationing and higher prices - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Valley propane users face rationing and higher prices

Posted: Updated:

AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Homes and businesses that use propane gas for heating and cooking are finding short supplies and higher prices.

Bob Jones, who operates Youngstown Propane on Meridian Road in Austintown Township, calls the situation dire.  Jones tells 21 news that his company is not filling tanks for anyone who doesn't absolutely need it. 

Jones says prices have doubled, and nearly tripled from usual prices.  Youngstown Propane serves customers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties in Ohio, as well as Western Pennsylvania.

Matt Weingard, whose Salem Propane serves a six-county area, tells 21 news that his inventory was already low in October after farm operations consumed a large amount of propane drying out their crops after a rainy  season.  As a result, Weingard says he has been rationing supplies customers.  He says that if a propane tank has a capacity of 400 gallons, he can deliver 100 gallons right away to keep them from running out of fuel for heat.

Weingard says that in the past seven to ten days, he has seen prices increase more than in any other period since he has been in business.  

Ohio and Pennsylvania have issued emergency declarations allowing drivers who deliver propane and fuel oil to work more hours in order to ensure that customers are supplied.

A spokesperson for Kelly Oil of Salem tells 21 News that supplies of fuel oil are plentiful, but acknowledges that prices are up because of the increased cost of crude oil. 

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Indian partners hawk dinner talk with Trump Jr for $39,000

    Indian partners hawk dinner talk with Trump Jr for $39,000

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:27 AM EST2018-02-23 08:27:27 GMT
    (AP Photo). The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. , center, stands in front of Trump Towers after its inauguration in Pune, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Donald Trump Jr. said any talk that his family was profiting from his...(AP Photo). The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. , center, stands in front of Trump Towers after its inauguration in Pune, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Donald Trump Jr. said any talk that his family was profiting from his...
    Want an evening out with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president as he visits India.More >>
    Want an evening out with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president as he visits India.More >>
  • Florida executes inmate; Texas, Alabama executions halted

    Florida executes inmate; Texas, Alabama executions halted

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:59 AM EST2018-02-23 06:59:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/File). This photo combo shows death row immates, from left,  Thomas Whitaker from Texas, Doyle Lee Hamm from Alabama, and Eric Scott Branch from Florida. Executions are set for Alabama, Texas and Florida for the same night. If they are carrie...(AP Photo/File). This photo combo shows death row immates, from left, Thomas Whitaker from Texas, Doyle Lee Hamm from Alabama, and Eric Scott Branch from Florida. Executions are set for Alabama, Texas and Florida for the same night. If they are carrie...
    Executions are set for Alabama, Texas and Florida for the same night.More >>
    Executions are set for Alabama, Texas and Florida for the same night.More >>
  • Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

    Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:30 AM EST2018-02-23 05:30:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Donald Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to inf...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Donald Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to inf...
    Quid pro Trump? Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to influence his administration.More >>
    Quid pro Trump? Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to influence his administration.More >>
  • More NewsMore>>

  • 7-11 closed at Route 422 due to deadly crash

    7-11 closed at Route 422 due to deadly crash

    Friday, February 23 2018 4:33 AM EST2018-02-23 09:33:00 GMT

    Youngstown police and emergency crews were still at the scene of a deadly crash early into Friday morning.

    More >>

    Youngstown police and emergency crews were still at the scene of a deadly crash early into Friday morning.

    More >>
  • GOP congressmen challenge new Pennsylvania district map

    GOP congressmen challenge new Pennsylvania district map

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:59 AM EST2018-02-23 06:59:08 GMT
    Pa Supreme Court draws a 'much more competitive' district mapPa Supreme Court draws a 'much more competitive' district map
    A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court.More >>
    A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court.More >>
  • US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

    US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:56 PM EST2018-02-23 04:56:46 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). United States celebrates winning gold after the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). United States celebrates winning gold after the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
    The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey _ finally _ is over.More >>
    The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey _ finally _ is over.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms