The Missouri propane gas association is working at all levels to seek relief from the current distribution and infrastructure problems facing Missourians and their fuel providers. Officials with the MPGA say they have sought relief from the federal hours of service restrictions which limit the transportation of fuel cargoes. Officials add that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is aware of the need and has previously authorized relief under an executive emergency order. The U.S. Department of Transportation Midwestern office has issued a regional order which will allow transporters to move product more freely through a wider area. To ensure that suppliers are able to provide service in a timely manner, propane customers are asked to arrange for deliveries when their tanks read 35%. The MPGA is also asking the state’s congressional delegation to support an emergency supplemental appropriation for the federal low income heating energy assistance program. The majority of the fuel shortage stems from the polar vortex that sent home and business owners into high energy consumption, more than normal, for propane users nationwide.