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Cold Weather and a Propane Shortage

Batavia, N.Y. -- People who use propane to keep warm say they are aware what they need to stay warm is in short supply and high demand.

Reisdorf Oil & Propane in Batavia has seen an increase in business this year.

Of course we picked this year as our biggest growth year, said Tony Peca, Sales and Marketing Manager.

Increased business combined with the shortage of propane is making for a trying winter.

Our customers aren't being affected because we have a good supplier and we planned the potential for a problem, said Peca, who started planning for this winter in 2013 when he saw the impact a great growing season in the Midwest was having on the propane supply.

Dealing with my supplier, I asked him at that time, is this going to affect us adversely in the future. He said, 'the only possible way this could affect us Tony, is if we have a cold snap right after the crop drying stopped,' said Peca. And of course we all know what happened as soon as fall ended. Winter started and propane isn't a product you can recoup real easily.

Propane users across the country could be paying $100 to $200 more per fill up than a month ago.

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Washington Times