Rapid City propane seller speaks on regional propane shortage - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City propane seller speaks on regional propane shortage

Posted: Updated: Jan 26, 2014 11:12 PM

 The propane shortage is hitting customers where it hurts; their pocket books.  But some suppliers are not particularly happy with raising those prices.

Mark Crosswait is the manager of Patron's Cooperative, a propane supplier in Rapid City. "We deliver to mostly farmers and ranchers out in the country," said Crosswait.  "And they heat their house with it, and they heat their water heaters with it, and some use it to cook too."

With all its uses, propane is a hot commodity, and the supply is low. Crosswait says exporting propane to other countries, along with the intense cold, have dwindled down the supply of propane in the region. "In the last week and a half, people have seen propane supplies get dangerously low, and due to that has caused somewhat of a panic, " said Crosswait. "And that has caused buyers to offer as much money as the sellers are willing to charge for it which has continued to go up, up, and up," he said. 

it's a ripple effect that forces Crosswait to sell at almost a $1.00 more per gallon. "Right now we're charging $2.50 a gallon which is up from $1.80. That's going to cause a real strain on their (customers) pocketbooks because they are paying a lot more money than they were," said Crosswait.  

It's a strain on his customers that Crosswait says he hopes will not be a reoccurring thing.  "It's just one of those years where we have a low supply and you have to basically try to get through it as best you can."

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