The gov­er­nor has issued a statewide energy emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion in order to expe­dite ship­ments of propane and help ease tight propane gas sup­plies which have been brought on by the extreme cold weather.

Now, the gov­er­nor is also ask­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to take sim­i­lar steps so that propane gas ship­ments can come into Ohio more quickly from other states.

The dec­la­ra­tion, among other things, allows ship­pers with valid com­mer­cial dri­ver licenses who are trans­port­ing propane or heat­ing oil to drive more hours and more con­sec­u­tive days than they nor­mally would as long as they can still do so safely.

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