Ohio Gov. John Kasich has extended the state's energy emergency declaration by two weeks to allow continued speedy shipments of propane gas to ease a cold-weather shortage.
The order extends until March 1 Kasich's original declaration of Jan. 18 allowing propane shippers to temporarily drive more hours and consecutive days than usual. Propane availability is more limited and prices are higher this year for several reasons including stretches of extreme cold that drained an already depleted supply. The federal government has issued a similar declaration to speed up interstate shipments. About 6 percent of Ohio households are heated primarily using propane, most of them rural homes.