Midwestern states attend propane working group meeting

Stakeholders attend meeting to address recent challenges in propane supply chain.

Team leaders from many Midwestern states recently attended the Midwestern Governors Association’s (MGA) Propane Supply Chain Working Group Meeting focused on strengthening the propane supply chain.

The two-day meeting shared best practices and lessons learned, as well as discussed the Cochin pipeline reversal and other propane transportation issues.  Stakeholders also met with experts from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, among others. Governor Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin and chair of MGA, gave the opening remarks in which he stressed the importance of improving the propane supply chain.

“The recent shortage demonstrates how important it is to address and review all factors affecting our propane supply.  We can always do more to improve our awareness, preparedness, and readiness levels, which is exactly what the MGA working group is focused on,” Governor Walker said.  “The propane working group has already made strides in reviewing this past season, identifying potential action, taking next steps, and developing partnerships within the industry to mitigate potential problems in the upcoming season.

“I’m very grateful to my fellow Governors for engaging in this important topic and working together to find solutions to lessen the negative impacts a propane shortage has on our residents.”

In March, Governor Walker was selected by a bipartisan group of Midwestern Governors to serve as Chair of the MGA.  Governor Walker chose “Strengthening the Propane Supply Chain” as his Chair’s Initiative and primary focus.  In addition to this and in-person meetings planned for the future, the working group holds conference calls twice a month to enhance regional cooperation.

“The propane shortage was felt by residents and businesses all throughout the Midwest this past winter, which is why I selected strengthening our propane supply chain as my MGA Chair’s Initiative,” said

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, current Chair of the MGA. “This meeting served as a great step forward to learn about what worked, how communications can be improved and how states can help the industry with enhancing consumer awareness and industry preparedness.” 

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