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Michigan Propane Shortage
Many families in Northern Michigan are facing higher than normal propane prices this winter. These rate increases are due to a shortage that has various causes, including broken propane pipelines and increased demand due to the colder-than-average winter.
This shortage and recent spike in propane prices are making it difficult for many who are struggling in this tough economy.
In response, Dr. Benishek has been working on the federal, state, and local level to try to address the problem and provide resources to families who are being impacted by the price increases. Additionally, Dr. Benishek has urged President Obama to provide adequate help to assist low income families struggling to heat their homes.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES FACING THE PROPANE SHORTAGE
Michigan Low-Income Heating Assistance
Dial 2-1-1 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
For more information, visit: http://michigan.gov/dhs/
Upper Peninsula Energy Assistance Agencies
Michigan Department of Human Services branches, St. Vincent de Paul locations, community action services.
For full listings, visit: http://www.uppco.com/home/assistance_agencies.aspx
If You Suspect Unfair Pricing
Michigan Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
Toll-free within Michigan: 1-877-765-8388
www.michigan.gov/ag (online complaint form)