Deal signs order prohibiting propane price gouging

7:06 PM, Jan 27, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Monday prohibiting price gouging for propane. The state's continued frigid winter weather season has brought about an increased demand for propane.

"Our families, farmers and small business are worried about getting the heat they need during times of frigid weather," Deal said in a statement. "They shouldn't have to worry about price gouging, and we aim to prevent that."

Prices for propane have increased substantially in recent days.

"Due to the much colder than normal weather this winter, we have seen a higher demand for propane gas, resulting in shortages and escalating prices in Georgia and across the nation," said state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. "We are doing everything possible to work with the propane suppliers and agribusinesses to meet the challenges we are facing."

Recently, the governor ordered an easing of restrictions on propane transport to help increase the state's supply of propane.

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