Propane costs hurting local families

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. In this economy, money is tight for everyone as it is, and with high propane prices continuing to rise, local families are doing anything they can to save a few bucks.

Wendy and Dale Woten say the propane that heats their home is costing them a small fortune.

"It was $300 and we didn't even get a half a tank out of the $300," says Wendy.

To save money they've begun using space heaters, but with a 2-year-old grandson running around the house, Wendy says she's constantly on watch to make sure he doesn't get hurt.

With the cold snap Colorado has faced lately, propane supplies in the state have quickly been depleted, but law makers are stepping up to make a change.

"I think we can alleviate some of that if we loosen the regulations with regard to transportation of propane," says Senator Greg Brophy. "You can't have your heating expenses go up that much and not have it wreck the family budget."

Brophy has urged Governor Hickenlooper to declare a state of emergency and grant transportation waivers to propane transport companies that would allow for more, cheaper propane to be brought in from out-of-state.

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