RAPID RIVER (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in the Upper Peninsula due to a shortage of propane.
The declaration suspends state and federal rules that limit the number of hours a driver can spend on the road delivering fuel. The shortage is being caused by demand due to cold weather and a pipeline repair at a propane terminal in Rapid River, just north of Escanaba.
Propane trucks must travel longer distances to get the fuel and deliver it. Snyder says his order will ensure that supplies are sufficient. The order is good through Feb. 3.
Propane is commonly used for heating homes in rural areas not served by natural gas.