Franken: Hearing scheduled on propane

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Apr 29, 2014 at 6:24 am

WASHINGTON (KNSI) Senator Al Franken, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, said that the panel's Chair has agreed to his request to investigate the causes of this winter's propane shortages, which drove up prices and hurt of tens of thousands of Minnesota families, farmers, and businesses who rely on the fuel to heat their homes and power their operations.

Sen. Franken has arranged for a Northfield farmer to testify at the hearing.

Franken pressed for the hearing as a key part of his effort to look at the causes of this past winter's shortage and identify ways to prevent future shortages.

He said the hearing, set for Thursday by Energy Committee Chair Mary Landrieu, will focus on improving the storage, infrastructure, and supply of the domestic propane industry.

Franken has arranged for Northfield turkey producer John Zimmerman to testify about the impact of this past winter's propane shortage on Minnesota.  Mr. Zimmerman is past President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

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