Propane shortage sending a chill

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

 FRUSTRATION IS MOUNTING FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO CAN’T FIND ENOUGH PROPANE TO HEAT THEIR HOMES.

FRUSTRATION IS MOUNTING FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO CAN’T FIND ENOUGH PROPANE TO HEAT THEIR HOMES. THERE’S A DESPERATE SHORTAGE OF THE FUEL IN EASTERN ONTARIO. ONE MAJOR SUPPLIER CAN’T MEET THE DEMAND. AND, IT’S ALSO SENDING A CHILL THROUGH SOME BUSINESS OWNERS.
NEWSWATCH’S MORGANNE CAMPBELL EXPLAINS.

You never really know what you have until it’s gone —- Ingrid Nisbett knows that first hand.
She ran out of propane last night and is feeling the temperature drop in her Elginburg home.

“My hot water, my pump, my stove is propane, showering, cooking it is very problematic.”

Nisbett is just one of many Levac Propane customers affected by a propane shortage and logistical challenges.

“I contacted the owner of Levac, Jean Marc Levac for more information about the apparent propane shortage.
He said his hands are tied and told me to call a representative with the Canadian Propane Association — the national voice of the propane industry.”

The Association did not return our calls.  Kingston and the Islands MP Ted Hsu is concerned about the propane shortage.  His team is looking into what’s caused the short supply in the region and what can be done in the long term.

“It looks like there’s been some international factors cold weather of course, large corn harvest in the United States, Canadian dollar going down… ”

The shortage isn’t effecting everyone. Wayne Clancy owns CF Petro Propane, he isn’t having a problem getting propane And has been fielding dozens of calls from cold homeowners — upset and afraid they’re going to freeze.

“I’ve told them if you run right out then yes we can do something in an emergency situation to help them out.”

But not everyone is fairing well during the shortage.  Tim Pettingill installs heating and air conditioning units — he’s afraid he’s going to loose business.

“Customers are now concerned about whether or not they want to switch over to propane. A lot of customers over the last few years have been switching from oil to propane just because of the efficiencies also the insurance so they’re rethinking those moves.”

Back at Nesbitt’s countryside home, she’ll cozy up to her fireplace until more propane arrives.
When that’ll be? She doesn’t know and is concerned for those who don’t have an alternative source of heat like she does.  Morganne Campbell CKWS Newswatch Elginburg.

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