RENO, Nev. (AP) — Propane dealers and their customers are welcoming Gov. Brian Sandoval's move to speed up deliveries of the liquefied petroleum in short supply across Nevada and much of the West.
Nevada Propane Dealers Association President Angie Hasenohrl says the shortage in the Silver State is due to an usually long stretch of cold weather combined with the heavy demand for propane at gold mining operations. She estimates use at Nevada mines could be up as much as 50 percent.
Sandoval declared a state of emergency Tuesday and suspended federal regulations limiting the number of hours driven by commercial drivers.
Hasenohrl says many drivers have been on the clock but not really driving while they wait in line up to eight hours in some places to fill up their trucks.
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