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Ky. propane firm: Shipping glut slowed orders

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

PADUCAH, Ky. -- The head of a Kentucky propane company that stopped sending the heating gas to business customers in several states said problems with supply and shipping forced the company to halt deliveries.

Paducah-based United Propane Gas notified its commercial customers in late January it would be forced to temporarily cease shipments.

National supplies of propane were depleted by a late harvest that increased demand from farmers who needed to dry an unusually large amount of grain before storage.

As colder-than-normal temperatures spread across much of the country, supplies dropped to the lowest level ever during the second week of January.

UPG said in a news release on Thursday that increased exports of propane also contributed to the domestic shortage.

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