MN State Of Emergency Extended 07 Nov 13

Governor Dayton issued an Emergency Executive Order on Wednesday extending a state of emergency in Minnesota due to the late maturing of the corn crop across the upper Midwest. Under the Executive Order, drivers transporting propane and anhydrous ammonia to affected areas of the state and providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts are exempt from regulations pertaining to hours of service. The order states that the late harvest of the corn crop in Minnesota and across the upper Midwest is expected to continue for at least another 15-20 days, and that the harvest is both larger and wetter than previously realized and is creating a large and extended need for propane to dry the grain. The propane distribution system has not been able to recover from the large draw. In addition, a pipeline which transports propane from Canada to the United States will be shut down for repairs for nearly a month beginning November 27th, which will stress the distribution system further.